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Appreciated for superior wines made from indigenous varieties, Austria should be on the radar of any curious wine drinker. A rather cool and dry wine growing region, this country produces wine that is quintessentially European in style: food-friendly with racy acidity, moderate alcohol and fresh fruit flavors.

Austria’s viticultural history is rich and vast, dating back to Celtic tribes with first written record of winemaking starting with the Romans. But the 20th century brought Austria a series of winemaking obstacles, namely the plunder of both world wars, as well as its own self-imposed quality breach. In the mid 1980s, after a handful of shameless vintners were found to have added diethylene glycol (a toxic substance) to their sweet wines to imitate the unctuous qualities imparted by botrytis, Austria’s credibility as a wine-producing country was compromised. While no one was harmed, the incident forced the country to rebound and recover stronger than ever. By the 1990s, Austria was back on the playing field with exports and today is prized globally for its quality standards and dedication to purity and excellence.

Grüner Veltliner, known for its racy acidity and herbal, peppery aromatics, is Austria's most important white variety, comprising nearly a third of Austrian plantings. Riesling in Austria is high in quality but not quantity, planted on less than 5% of the country’s vineyard land. Austrian Rieslings are almost always dry and are full of bright citrus flavors and good acidity. Red varietal wines include the tart and peppery Zweigelt, spicy and dense Blaufränkisch and juicy Saint Laurent. These red varieties are also sometimes blended.

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  • Nigl Kremsleiten Riesling 2008 Front Label
    Nigl Kremsleiten Riesling 2008
    Riesling from Kremstal, Austria
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    • Meinhard Forstreiter Donau Riesling 2008 Front Label
      Meinhard Forstreiter Donau Riesling 2008
      Riesling from Kremstal, Austria
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      • Weingut F.X. Pichler Durnsteiner Kellerberg Smaragd Riesling 2008 Front Label
        Weingut F.X. Pichler Durnsteiner Kellerberg Smaragd Riesling 2008
        Riesling from Wachau, Austria
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        • Nikolaihof Wachau von Stein Smaragd Riesling 2008 Front Label
          Nikolaihof Wachau von Stein Smaragd Riesling 2008
          Riesling from Wachau, Austria
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          • Schloss Gobelsburg Tradition Riesling 2008 Front Label
            Schloss Gobelsburg Tradition Riesling 2008
            Riesling from Kamptal, Austria
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            • Weingut Sighardt Donabaum S.Dona Grand Select Brandstatt Riesling 2008 Front Label
              Weingut Sighardt Donabaum S.Dona Grand Select Brandstatt Riesling 2008
              Riesling from Wachau, Austria
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              • Prager Hollerin Smaragd Riesling 2008 Front Label
                Prager Hollerin Smaragd Riesling 2008
                Riesling from Wachau, Austria
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                • Schloss Gobelsburg Trockenbeerenauslese Riesling 2008 Front Label
                  Schloss Gobelsburg Trockenbeerenauslese Riesling 2008
                  Riesling from Kamptal, Austria
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                  • Domane Wachau Singerriedel Smaragd Riesling 2008  Front Label
                    Domane Wachau Singerriedel Smaragd Riesling 2008
                    Riesling from Wachau, Austria
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                    • Weingut Mantlehof Steingraben Erste OTW Lage Reserve Riesling 2008 Front Label
                      Weingut Mantlehof Steingraben Erste OTW Lage Reserve Riesling 2008
                      Riesling from Kremstal, Austria
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                      • Setzer Riesling 2008 Front Label
                        Setzer Riesling 2008
                        Riesling from Austria
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                        • Stadt Krems Kogl Erste OTW Lage Reserve Riesling 2008 Front Label
                          Stadt Krems Kogl Erste OTW Lage Reserve Riesling 2008
                          Riesling from Kremstal, Austria
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                          • Markus Huber Berg Trocken beerenauslese Riesling 2008  Front Label
                            Markus Huber Berg Trocken beerenauslese Riesling 2008
                            Riesling from Traisental, Austria
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                            • Neumayer Ried Rothenbart Riesling 2008 Front Label
                              Neumayer Ried Rothenbart Riesling 2008
                              Riesling from Traisental, Austria
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                              • Graf Hardegg Vom Schloss Riesling 2008 Front Label
                                Graf Hardegg Vom Schloss Riesling 2008
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                                • Rudi Pichler Federspiel Riesling 2008 Front Label
                                  Rudi Pichler Federspiel Riesling 2008
                                  Riesling from Wachau, Austria
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                                  • Josef Jamek Durnsteiner Freiheit Smaragd Riesling 2008 Front Label
                                    Josef Jamek Durnsteiner Freiheit Smaragd Riesling 2008
                                    Riesling from Wachau, Austria
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                                    • Weingut Josef Schmid Pfaffenberg Reserve Riesling 2008 Front Label
                                      Weingut Josef Schmid Pfaffenberg Reserve Riesling 2008
                                      Riesling from Kremstal, Austria
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                                      • Kurt Angerer Donatus Riesling 2008 Front Label
                                        Kurt Angerer Donatus Riesling 2008
                                        Riesling from Kamptal, Austria
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                                        • Weingut Rabl Vinum Optimum Riesling 2008 Front Label
                                          Weingut Rabl Vinum Optimum Riesling 2008
                                          Riesling from Kamptal, Austria
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                                          • Kurt Angerer Ametzberg Riesling 2008 Front Label
                                            Kurt Angerer Ametzberg Riesling 2008
                                            Riesling from Kamptal, Austria
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                                            • Weingut OTT Rhein Riesling 2008 Front Label
                                              Weingut OTT Rhein Riesling 2008
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                                              • Markus Huber Berg Eiswein Riesling 2008 Front Label
                                                Markus Huber Berg Eiswein Riesling 2008
                                                Riesling from Traisental, Austria
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