Outside of wine circles, Austrian wine certainly doesn’t receive the sort of recognition or appreciation it deserves. It’s a truly fascinating wine growing country with steep history, its own grape varieties, and a market that is dominated by small, family run wineries. From internationally popular varieties like Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc (Weißburgunder) and Riesling, to its native Grüner Veltliner, Blaufrankisch and St Laurent, Austria has a broad and intriguing diversity of wines.

In fact, it’s our second most sold country after Italy and we have long been advocates of their concentrated, well-structured wines! The climate in Austria is quite unique and sets itself up for some fantastic grape ripening scenarios. With influences from the Alps, the Atlantic and the Meditteranean, Austrian winemakers are able to achieve the perfect ripeness of a host of grape varieities and still retain a beautifully fresh and firm backbone.

Austrian Grüner Veltliner is certainly becoming more of a household name, thanks to its spicy, aromatic profile and fresh mouth-feel and nowhere is Grüner made better than in Traisental where we find winery Huber and his array of delicious whites. Further east in the Thermenregion, indigenous varities Rotgipfler and Zierfandler thrive, producing ripe and warming white wines named Gumpoldskirchner – look at for organic producer Johanneshof Reinisch. Austrian Reds often have forest fruit, bramble like characters with fresh and earthy notes, Zweigelt and Pinot Noir are two to look out for.

Over on the Hungarian border we find Lake Neusidl, around which some of the world’s best sweet wines are made. The wines from sweet wine specialist Angerhof Tschida are second to none, they even make an elusive Trockenbeerenauslese; magical nectar that all wine fans should endeavour to try.

For a case of Austrian wines, look no further than Sociovino.

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