Enjoy wines from Austria
This week we are thrilled to partner with AUSTRIAN WINE to celebrate the joys of Austrian Wine, which we so adore on a regular basis! We honestly feel Austria is THE best country to find incredible quality wines for fantastic prices. Whether finding excellent Burgenland producers like Gut Oggau, Claus Preisinger, Koppitsch, Schmelzer, Christian Tschida (to name just a few!) or exploring the incredible terroir and finnese of Styria (Steirmark) producers like Werlitsch, Tscheppe, Tauss, Muster and Strohmeier, Austria has a wealth of regions to explore and try - which is what this section on the webshop is all about!
Most common varietals to explore
This is an extract from Austrian Wine find more information on their comprehensive website here
"In Austria, there are 40 grape varieties – 26 white and 14 red – officially approved for the production of Qualitätswein or Qualitätswein with a special level of ripeness and/or method of production (Prädikatswein) and Landwein. The proportion of red wines by area planted has grown and now represents almost one third of Austria’s area under vines, which total 45,000 hectares. Austria offers excellent sites for growing internationally known varieties such as Riesling, Weissburgunder, Chardonnay, Muskateller, Traminer, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. But even more important is the precious portfolio of domestic grape varieties, with Grüner Veltliner at the top of the list. This white variety alone accounts for almost one third of Austria’s plantings. In addition to Grüner Veltliner, other white varieties such as Neuburger, Rotgipfler, Zierfandler and Roter Veltliner – as well as the red varieties Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch, Sankt Laurent and Blauer Wildbacher – are highly respected and, in fact, treasured once again.."
NEW TO AUSTRIAN WINE?
Our tips if you are new to Austrian Wine? Check out our brand new boxes below, which highlight our two favourite regions: Burgenland and Styria. We strongly recommend trying Tauss from Styria, who is part of the same group "Schmecke das Leben" which famous artisan producers Tscheppe, Werlitsch, Strohmeier and Muster are the other members of. The Tauss 'Chardonnay Hohenegg' is a seriously fine wine worthy of your celebration dinners.
When it comes to Burgenland, try the fun wines of Alex and Maria Koppitsch, the pet nats from biodynamic legend Schmelzer or the aged Joschuari from Gut Oggau to have an interesting mix....