Austrian wine has become more popular in the UK in recent years. Here is why and what you need to know about grape varieties and wine regions in Austria.
Unique climate & craftsmanship for unique wines
Austria has the same latitude as the Burgundy wine-growing region. However, Austria's climate is because of it’s central location in Europe influenced by the moderate Atlantic climate as well as the continental Pannonian climate and has a much greater variation in temperature. The warm, sunny days and cool nights with northerly winds during summer and autumn are crucial for the development of unique aromatic wines that combine freshness, good body, and a fine character.
Young Austrian winemakers are devoted to combining traditional winemaking techniques with sustainable practices. Their dedication to craftsmanship and quality, while also being open to new and sustainable ideas, has led to significant international success for Austrian wines. Austrian wine is also gaining popularity in the UK.
Discovering Austrian wine regions
Each wine region has it’s very own characteristics and unique character.
Niederösterreich (Lower Austria):
Niederösterreich is Austria's largest wine-growing region and consists of eight specific wine-growing regions, like Weinviertel, Wachau, the Danube River Region and the Pannonian Niederösterreich.
Niederösterreich's wines are pretty diverse: The famous Grüner Veltliner from Weinviertel exhibits peppery notes, while Riesling from Wachau, Kremstal or Kamptal showcases the terroir with varying levels of minerality and fruit expression. In the southeast you can also find outstanding red wines based on Zweigelt and Blaufränkisch.
Steiermark is known for producing fresher, more brilliant, and elegantly regionally typical wines. The key Grape Varietiesare the Sauvignon Blanc, Welschriesling, and Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc). This southern region of Austria specializes in aromatic white wines, with Sauvignon Blanc being a standout variety. Steiermark also produces excellent sparkling wines and some excellent red wines.
Burgenland is influenced by a hot continental Pannonian climate, producing mostly red wines as well as complex whites, and exceptional sweet wines. The key grape varieties are Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt, and St. Laurent. All of them show richness, depth, and complexity. Burgenland's red wines are often characterized by ripe fruit flavors, firm tannins, and a harmonious balance.
Austrian Wines at Kipferl
At Kipferl we offer wines from all major wine regions in Austria, typically from small independent wineries who combine tradition with new ideas of organic and natural wine making.