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Austrian Wine

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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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  • Domane Wachau Federspiel Terrassen Gruner Veltliner 2019  Front Label
    Domane Wachau Federspiel Terrassen Gruner Veltliner 2019
    Gruner Veltliner from Wachau, Austria
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  • Loimer Lois Gruner Veltliner 2018  Front Label
    Loimer Lois Gruner Veltliner 2018
    Gruner Veltliner from Austria
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  • Pratsch Organic Rose 2018  Front Label
    Pratsch Organic Rose 2018
    Rosé from Austria
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  • Brundlmayer Kamptaler Terrassen Riesling 2016 Front Label
    Brundlmayer Kamptaler Terrassen Riesling 2016
    Riesling from Kamptal, Austria
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  • Kracher Cuvee Beerenauslese (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
    Kracher Cuvee Beerenauslese (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Other Dessert from Burgenland, Austria
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    • Markus Huber Obere Steigen Gruner Veltliner 2019  Front Label
      Markus Huber Obere Steigen Gruner Veltliner 2019
      Gruner Veltliner from Austria
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    • Heinrich Red 2017  Front Label
      Heinrich Red 2017
      Other Red Blends from Neusiedlersee, Austria
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    • Domane Wachau Federspiel Terrassen Riesling 2015 Front Label
      Domane Wachau Federspiel Terrassen Riesling 2015
      Riesling from Wachau, Austria
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