AUSTRIA

Austrian-postage-stamp.jpgNew generation Austrian winemakers are diligent and innovative; thirsty for knowledge, they have an avid interest in what’s going on around the world. Many have graduated from internationally recognized oenological colleges, or have earned wine-related degrees from Klosterneuburg, Krems or Silberberg in Austria – as well as Geisenheim in Germany, Montpellier and Bordeaux in France, and even the University of California in Davis – and garnered experience in an ever-growing number of wine-producing countries. As a result, roles within the family estates have changed somewhat: where traditionally the parent became responsible for the vineyards after a child took over in the cellar it’s now not uncommon for the elder winemaker to step back from management and embark upon a new, perhaps ambassadorial role.

The unique and distinctively recognizable character and personalities of Grüner Veltliner, Zweigelt and Blaufränkisch easily explain why these indigenous Austrian grape varieties are most widely planted and important vines. Their fruit produces marvelously complex wines, ranging from lively whites to rich and opulent reds culminating in exceptionally noble sweet dessert wines, prized and sought-after the world over.

 


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(*) = Sustainable
(**) = Organic
(***) = Biodynamic