Austrian wines are mostly dry white wines (often made from the Grüner Veltliner grape), though some sweeter white wines (such as dessert wines made around the Neusiedler See) are also produced. About 30% of the wines are red, made from Blaufränkisch (also known as Lemberger, or as Kékfrankos in neighbouring Hungary), Pinot Noir and locally bred varieties such as Zweigelt. The country is also home to Riedel, makers of some of the most expensive wine glasses in the world. Some of the best producers of Austria include Weingut F.X. Pichler and Weingut Franz Hirtzberger, Weingut Hutter, Weingut Eigl and Wellanschitz.
- Item #: i_311871Bottle Size: 750mlInviting and lively, this dry, crisp white offers a bouquet of stone fruit, with delicate herbal and elderflower notes on the nose. Delicate, filigree and subtle texture. Medium-high acid, very direct on the palate with an animating and juicy finish.
- Item #: i_362346Bottle Size: 750mlThis is 100% Blaufrankisch with an old world style. We blinded some people on our staff on this ruby-garnet colored red, and they all thought it was Langhe Nebbiolo. Elegant, light-bodied, with hints of forest floor, truffle and blackberry. We recommend chilling this slightly and then enjoying with a hunk of bread, some brie-like cheese and prosciutto. Enjoy now. A great picnic wine with finesse.
- Item #: i_306004Bottle Size: 1LYes, folks, this wine comes in a (1.0) liter bottle, which means you get to have more fun! Representing the fresh, crisp and refreshingly tangy side of Grüner Veltliner in the perennially-popular liter format, this is the bottling that Terry Theise calls the class of the [liter] category. Dry, crisp, and impeccably clean, this wine delivers delicious flavors of white flowers, pepper, and pink grapefruit, underscoredby an attractive leesiness - quintessential value Gruner Veltliner. Bottled under a crown cap; you'll need a bottle opener, not a corkscrew.
- Item #: i_311873Bottle Size: 750mlJAMES SUCKLING 94 POINTS A rich style of gruner veltliner with a great combination of exotic fruits and white pepper. Rich and fleshy on the palate with a lot of power at the textural finish. Drink or hold. Stuart Pigott.
- Item #: i_307461Bottle Size: 750MLWINE ENTHUSIAST - 90 POINTS Ripe pear, hay and yeast on the nose promise both fruit and savoriness. The palate adds lively apple freshness and combines pear and yeast in a fruity embrace. This is easy and dry but full of interest.
Well matured, green walnut, elder flowers and citrus fruit, some cereals, nuts and cornflakes, very dry and fresh with quite some body and structure, also hints of leafy and peppery spice, rye bread and malt. A light bouquet of fresh green grapes, pome and stone fruit, classic Kamptal loss type with some mineral backbone mouthwatering finish.
- Item #: i_372014Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 90
JAMES SUCKLING 91 POINTS Both juicy and elegant with delicate snow-pea and herbal character, this is prototypical Wachau grüner veltliner. Quite a long, lively finish. Drink now.
From sandy loess and weathered primary rock soils Gruner Veltliner Federspiel Kreutles opens with a clear and aromatic bouquet of ripe, yellow-skinned apples. Medium-bodied and refreshingly piquant, this is a lean and elegant, straight and piquant, dry Veltliner with grip and lovely ripe-apple flavors in the finish.
- Item #: i_311868Bottle Size: 750mlFALSTAFF: 93 POINTS
Mineral explosion grown on Leithaberg Limestone. Pale straw-yellow. On the nose apricot and crisp pear, paired with hay and delicate apple, accompainied by flint stone. On the palate black pepper and a smoky minerality; creaminess and depth from maturation in large oak cask, vibrant acidity creates an elegant drinking pleasure. Elegant finish. A Chardonnay resembling Chablis.
- Item #: i_311869Bottle Size: 750mlThis is a lively and bright red blend of Blaufrankisch and Zweigelt, two signature grapes from Austria... and 20% Merlot for an added velvety touch. On the nose, intense cherry, garden herbs, tobacco and fennel. The palate is fresh and elegant with more black cherry, fine tannins, good complexity and depth. The label pays homage to Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt.
- Item #: i_115626Bottle Size: 750mlThis tastes similar to White Burgundy, but at a friendlier price!
Neuburger is an old natural crossing of Roter Veltliner and Silvaner, first noticed in the 19th Century. Typically, it makes full-bodied, rather powerful wine. There's very little of it, only around 250 hectares in all of Austria, and it's usually found in Burgenland and the Wachau. Typically, it takes on a nutty flavor and is a real pain to produce, subject to rot and rain damage, which more or less explains why so few wineries go the trouble of making it. Feiler, however, is very fond of the grape - they have 1.5 hectares of it and produce one of the country's best every year. The grape is happiest in warm, dry years, such as 2015. This wine is very full-flavored with a combination of intense floral aromas and a distinct herbal finish. It is unlike any other Austrian wine, though there are some similarities with an almost equally unknown grape, Roter Veltliner.
It should be served with hearty foods and can stand up to any meat - the Viennese signature dish Tafelspitz comes to mind. This wine was aged in lightly toasted barrels; it has undergone malolactic fermentation; the acid is not high but the flavors are dazzling. Aging potential is around 8-9 years or so. A unique and wonderful wine.
- Item #: i_342392Bottle Size: 750mlWINE ENTHUSIAST 90 POINTS - "Ripe notes of fresh green and yellow pear and melon make for a most friendly, appetizing nose. The light palate comes in with freshness and an easy, slightly pithy texture. The finish is dry and suave."
- Item #: i_342385Bottle Size: 750mlWINE SPECTATOR - 90 POINTS This is high-toned, exuding elderflower, lemon, white peach and lentil flavors. Vibrant, with the bracing acidity driving the long finish. Drink now through 2023. 45 cases imported.
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Nuances of yellow tropical fruit, a bit of pineapple and mango, hints of flowers and honey; complex texture, elegant, fine acidity, good length; versatile food companion.
- Item #: i_307464Bottle Size: 750mlLiquid Air Conditioning in a bottle! A cool white for hot nights.
Looking for a gluggable, chuggable, carefree sipper to get you through the hot August days and a long Indian summer? Did we mention it's also Certified Organic and comes in a Liter bottle?
The Hofer HUM 2017 Gruner Veltliner was an instant hit in late Spring when we first introduced this dry white to our customers. It shows well with pear, lemon and then a spicy endnote, which, in Grüner Veltliner, is often described as white pepper. It matches well with fish, chicken, dishes with tomatoes and spicy foods. It also is the perfect foil to many vegetable dishes.
The Hofer family farms vineyards in Auersthal, a tiny wine village in the Weinviertel, just beyond Vienna’s northern suburbs. The gently rolling hills in in this village are made up of deep loess soils and are planted predominantly to Grüner Veltliner, which is Austria’s signature white grape.
Gruner Veltliner has become popular with many foodies and Sommeliers because of its food pairing versatility. The 2017 Hofer is clean, bright, sunny, and is all of $11.69 — and that's for a Liter (1L), which is one-third more than a standard bottle of wine (750 ml). But honestly, this is a serious white wine that we wouldn't mind paying $20 for, since it effortlessly punches above its class. It also makes for a light quaffer at 12.5% alcohol.
The Hofers have practiced organic agriculture since the 1990s and, in 2001, have been a member of Bio-Ernte, which is not only organic, but exceeds the EU guidelines for organic agriculture.
Wine reviewer, Stephan Reinhardt for The Wine Advocate is also a fan of the Hofer winery and writes - "Based in Auersthal, just 20 kilometers away from Vienna 's northern suburbs, Weingut H. und M. Hofer farms 20 hectares of vines, mostly Grüner Veltliner (53%). Seventy percent of the production is white and all of the vineyards are cultivated organic in a fairly dry microclimate and on loess soils. Hermann Hofer aims to produce ‘unique and distinctive wines’ that reflect their soils, the climate and the vintage, as well as the people who manufacture them. The winemaking is rather conventional. The handpicked grapes are pressed after some hours on the skins, fermented in stainless steel and result in classic Weinviertler wines. The Veltliners are especially worth a try. They are very clear and fruity, fresh and well structured, and finish with a stimulating minerality. These are serious wines with food that do not cost a fortune, rather the opposite."
- Item #: i_333311Bottle Size: 750mlA Pet-Nat in our Austrian section. This skin contact, unfiltered sparkling wine made of Pinot Grigio, and has intense apple notes, and fun to the core, with a complex nose. Serve chilled. Natural wine. Biodynamic and Demeter Certified.
- Item #: i_333309Bottle Size: 750mlBIODYNAMIC AND DEMETER CERTIFIED
A delicious orange-rose-colored wine with a bouquet and palate of lychee, hibiscus and white flowers. The grapes are Pinot Gris and Welschriesling and Traminer, and receives 10 days skin contact. This is a still wine. Crown cap. Serve chilled. Natural wine.
- Item #: i_303964Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 92WINE & SPIRITS 94 POINTS - "This is Roland Velich’s basic blaufrankisch, and, at the moment, his most perfectly rendered. A blend of fruit from vines of various ages growing in a range of soils across his vineyards in Neckenmarkt and Lutzmannsburg, it’s vinifies with ambient yeasts in large-format barrels, essentially giving a wide-angle view of Mittelburgenland. There’s a sense of the sunny warmth of the region in the wine’s ripe blackberry flavors, as well as of the region’s forested hills in its fir-tree details; then it ends with a sense of a refreshing breeze as the acidity sweeps the fruit along. It’s firm yet filigreed, with a granite-like coolness that emanates energy, and should keep the wine fresh over the next decade."
Although it is just the "regular" quality wine from this producer, the cherry and floral aromas leap from this medium-bodied red. The aromas and the crispness at the finish make it reminiscent of top Beaujolais Cru.
The business card of the Moric estate, the Blaufrankisch Burgenland, encapsulates the Moric style of finesse and varietal typicity. The idea behind this wine is to express not just the variety but also the origin of 8-50 year old vines grown on limestone, primary rock and loam in the villages of Neckenmarkt and Lutzmannsburg.
Harvested at a yield of 25 hectoliters per hectare and fermented on the skins for about 20 days partly in open vats and steel tank. Elevage happens in 600-4500 liter casks for about a year. Only indigenous yeasts are used primary and secondary fermentation, no filtration and no fining techniques are employed. The wine is therefore vegan. Only tiny amounts of sulfites are added.
The Blaufrankisch Burgenland shows a beautiful translucent coleur, with a fine tannin structure and exceptional balance. The wine will improve with bottle age for at least five years but will show beautifully for many years beyond.
- Item #: i_372360Bottle Size: 750mlWINE ENTHUSIAST - 93 POINTS Pure notes of crushed blueberry have a wonderfully tart edge, almost like wild little huckleberries. The same, pure and intense fruit spreads across the textured body where fine and ever so slightly rustic tannins crunch pleasurably. This wine shows the juicy, almost voluptuous ripeness of 2015 without ever losing freshness or tone. This should come with some sort of pleasure warning. Drink now–2025. ANNE KREBIEHL MW
WINE ADVOCATE - 91+ POINTS The 2015 Blaufrankisch Samt & Seide is pure, fresh and spicy as well as concentrated and minty on the nose: a picture book Blaufrankisch from the Spitzerberg! On the palate, this is a rich and generous, sweet, lush and juicy Blaufrankisch with firm and fresh tannins and a long, aromatic finish with some plummy flavors. This is a warm wine from a hot and dry vintage. Tasted in Vienna, September 2017. Stephan Reinhardt.
WINE SPECTATOR - 91 POINTS Well-crafted and very pure, with an elegant profile reminiscent of red Burgundy, expressing raspberry and cherry notes, with hints of ripe citrus. Spice and cedar accents emerge midpalate, but are quickly swept aside by a stream of red fruit that lingers on the finish. Best from 2020 through 2026. 300 cases imported. — AZ
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Very pure and lifted notes of red cherry are held tightly within a taut frame: the nose gives almost nothing away. The palate provides another glimpse of that hauntingly delicious, almost sublimated cherry note. There is something aromatic and pure, unforced and honest about this disarming wine. The structure is subtle but firm, the elegance borders on the Pinot-esque, thus the wine is slender but profound. The winery is transitioning to organic.
- Item #: i_342388Bottle Size: 750mlSustainably Grown. The 2017 Neumayer Gruner Veltliner "Ludwig" is fresh, vibrant, dry and cuts an electrifying swath across the palate, enlivening your senses with its combination of mouth-watering minerality and crystal clear fruit. At this price point, there’s lots of crisp, clean, serviceable Austrian Gruner out there, but Neumayer’s “Ludwig” is hardly the ‘entry-level’ wine. It is also, for Austrian wine aficionados, a window to a relatively unfamiliar Gruner growing zone, the Traisental DAC, which lay south of the Kamptal/Kremstal/Wachau ‘big three’ along the Danube. Instead of primary rock and the wind-blown silt known as loess, the Traisental is a more calcareous—i.e. limestone-rich—terroir, and it shows in Neumayer’s wines. Gruner and limestone were clearly made for each other, and today’s 2016 is the kind of crystalline, finely etched expression of the grape that is often being overlooked these days in favor of richer, rounder styles. This is exactly what I want to drink after work, or to start off a dinner party in lieu of Champagne. You’ll want to have a chilled bottle in the fridge at all times, especially when you see the price! Situated along a narrow Danube tributary and comprised of about 800 hectares of vineyards in total, the Traisental region was only officially ‘codified’ as a DAC (controlled appellation) in 2006. Ludwig Neumayer first established his winery in the region in 1985, and now farms about nine hectares in and around the small village of Inzersdorf, where the soils are a limestone-infused “conglomerate” of gravel, clay, and sand. In the glass, the 2017 “Ludwig” is a pale straw-gold with hints of green at the rim, with exceedingly bright and expressive aromas of green and yellow apple, white grapefruit, white peach, lime blossom, cucumber peel, daikon radish, white pepper, and wet stones. The wine is a joyful push-pull of fruit and mineral sensations, with surprising depth and palate persistence and perfect tension. It is ready to drink now at 50 degrees in all-purpose white wine stems, but will absolutely improve over the next 3-5 years in your cellar. Its aging potential is clear to see from the first sip, and at this price it’s a wine to consider acquiring by the case and re-visiting periodically over the next few years.
- Item #: i_324080Bottle Size: 750mlWINE ADVOCATE - 94 POINTS From hard primary rock soils with just a very thin layer of humus, the shining citrus-yellow colored 2014 Steiner Hund Riesling is clear, deep, pure and flinty on the discreet but subtly intense, complex and refined nose with its hidden floral, herbal and refreshing stony aromas. Full-bodied, pure and highly elegant on the palate, this Kremstal Riesling is lush and full of energy and vitality. Its finish is vibrantly fresh and persistently salty. This is a highly promising, Smaragd-styled Riesling in a purely mineral style. No hints of botrytis. Bottled in September 2017. Tasted at the Nikolaihof in Mautern/Wachau, September 2018.
- Item #: i_322099Bottle Size: 750mlWINE ADVOCATE - 92 POINTS From one of the oldest vineyard designations in Europe (first mentioned in 511 AD) and grown on clay, loess and paragneiss soils, the 2017 Im Weingebirge Grüner Veltliner Federspiel displays a clear and subtle bouquet of white fruits, almonds, cinnamon, stewed apples and a dash of fresh lemon juice. Very elegant and beautifully balanced on the palate, this is a dense, well-structured and persistent Veltliner with a fine, crystalline acidity and a long and intense finish. It was bottled at the end of April and tasted in early September 2018.
After the mineral attack of the Hefeabzug this wine is almost sedate. But this is deceptive. A sideways mineral length comes in midway through, and takes off its shoes. It’s there to stay. Its first fruit runs in the sorrel-lentil direction, delicate, refined… and then the stray but determined mineral. In some ways this gentle wonder is the essence of Nikolaihof. – Terry Theise
Nikolaihof is one of the oldest wine estates in Austria, whose history goes back almost 2000 years to the Roman empire.
Nikolaihof still functions as an independent, bio-diverse farm, growing all kinds of herbs, fruits and flowers, tending beehives for honey, and even using seeds for grapeseed oil. The average age of the vines at the estate are 47 years old and the vineyards are farmed without herbicides, pesticides, artificial fertilizers or synthetic sprays. Instead, stinging nettles, manure, valerian root and other specially produced preparations are used. Natural fermentations are the rule, in Austrian oak vessels, deep in the cold, 700-year-old cellar. Long lees contact and aging are the norm, with some wines aging as long as 15 years before being bottled.