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_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_311317Bottle Size: 1LCharm and value typify these wines. Clean, cultured-yeast wines with lots of primary fruit, yet aging superbly. There's some land on the Gedersdorf plateau that's planted to red varieties. All the wines are made dry, of course. They use cultured yeasts to get slow fermentations and to preserve the utmost CO2. Berger is all stainless steel, of course.
Wine maker notes: This smells just like Zinfandel except more seductive and inviting; indeed it smells like the kind of Zin no one’s making any more since tout le monde started chasing fortified wine levels of alcohol. This is all cloves and blueberries; wonderful length of sweet fruit and ripe soft tannins; elegant poise of power and a sort of luscious solidity.
- 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_307463Bottle Size: 750mlBründlmayer uses only organic fertilizers in their vineyards, and cover crops are planted between rows. During harvest, multiple selections through the vineyard are made, as botrytis is never accepted. Grapes are never de-stemmed or crushed, and they are handled as minimally as possible. A tiny portion of grapes are held back, de-stemmed and macerated for 12 hours; Willi uses these as ‘seasoning’ during blending to add another dimension and tonality to the final wines.
Tasting Notes - "The entry to a lofty world of greatness, this “basic” wine from a truly great Riesling vineyard. (It’s sort of like going to the best concert ever but sitting in the back…) In any case, I buy it for my own cellar and find all that I need for rejoicing. The ’16 emphasizes a mid-range, toasted nutmeg and cinnamon, trumpet mushrooms just as they start to caramelize in the pan; the top notes are a bit nebulous but the mineral is more tangible. Lovely now, this wine is very much en-route." -Terry Theise
- Item #: i_322058Bottle Size: 1LLight-bodied, crisp, and dry. Lemon and flowers on the nose precede a palate of creamy fruit and notes of pepper, ripe pears, and gooseberry. The finish is citrusy and stony with just enough fruit balanced with bright acids. At 12.5% alcohol, Der Pollerhof organic Grüner is a session quaffer, pure and simple. Like something found at a Heuriger (Austrian wine tavern).
- Item #: i_322056Bottle Size: 750ml"The wine with the dirt on the label," as it is otherwise called. The labe is made from the soil where the grapes were grown. This is a blend of 65% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Gelber Muskateller, and 5% Traminer. Think of it as sauvignon with a twist! Delightful, clean, clear and dry. A touch of honeysuckle, a hint of crushed citrus foliage and grass are hinted at. It shimmers on the light palate where vivid freshness leads onto a fragrant dry finish.
- Item #: i_372019Bottle Size: 750mlJAMES SUCKLING - 90 POINTS A fresh and lively grüner veltliner with a lot of charm and plenty of green and yellow apple aromas, plus a hint of white pepper. Drink now. Stuart Pigott.
This winery has produced so many cult wines over the last decades that it would not be a problem to fill an entire book with their tasting notes." So goes the Falstaff Ultimate Wine Guide's entry on Knoll, one of the finest producers of the Wachau. This Federspiel from the Kreutles site is a superb example of medium-bodied Grüner with a single-vineyard stamp.
- 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: 750mlThe label pays homage to Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt. This is a plush blend of Blaufrankisch and Zweigelt, two indigenous grapes from Austria... and 2% Merlot for that added velvety touch. Deep ruby red. In the nose intense cherry, mulberry, tobacco and liquorice. On the palate fresh and elegant with fine tannins, good complexity and depth.
- Item #: i_322292Bottle Size: 750mlWINE SPECTATOR - 93 POINTS A graceful, aromatic version, with aromas of spice and rose water and flavors of nectarine, clementine and coriander. This is lithe and slim yet complex and flavorful, delivering a lot of pleasure right now, but with the ability to age gracefully over the next decade. A saffron note emerges on the finish. Drink now through 2026. 35 cases imported. –AZ
WINE ADVOCATE 91+ POINTS The 2016 Durnsteiner Riesling Smaragd is the former Loibner Oberhauser, so the single vineyard has been downgraded to a village wine with the 2016 vintage but will always be sold as Smaragd. Coming from a terraced vineyard on crystalline bedrock, the 2016 has a clear and flinty bouquet with fresh vegetal, almost peppery aromas. On the palate, this is a clear, fresh, pure and elegant Riesling. It is lean and terribly fresh, full of minerals, grip and tension. The finish is pure and salty and displays white peach fruit aromas in the aftertaste. A classic, very characterful, finessed and age-worthy Riesling from the Wachau.
JAMES SUCKLING - 94 POINTS "Rippling with apricot, but still very young and lively, this is a dry riesling that could win over a chardonnay addict thanks to its ripeness, succulence and moderate acidity. A long, relatively supple finish. Better from 2018 and will mature for at least another 15 years."
FALSTAFF - 93 POINTS Bright yellow-green. Fine white tropical fruit, hints of passion fruit and pineapple, mineral nuances. Juicy, balanced, fine fruit sweetness, well integrated acidity, it sticks well, well developed, fine apricot fruit in the reverberation. "/ Feine weiße Tropenfrucht, ein Hauch von Maracuja und Ananas, mineralische Nuancen. Saftig, ausgewogen, feine Fruchtsusse, gut integrierte Saurestruktur, bleibt gut haften, gut entwickelt, feine Marillenfrucht im Nachhall."
- 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_114581Bottle Size: 750mlWine Enthusiast: 90 PointsWINE ENTHUSIAST 90 POINTS - "An earthy touch combines with the ripe lemon-zest notes on the nose. The palate focuses purely on lemon with a lip-smacking juicy core of freshness. This is light, dry, tart and tingling with refreshment and verve."
- 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_365521Bottle Size: 750mlWINE ENTHUSIAST - 91 POINTS Hints of ripe Mirabelle and yellow apple show on the rather restrained nose. The palate adds bright, lemony freshness and zesty, pleasant citrus pith to the fruit, creating a texture alive with juiciness and shot through with freshness. It leaves a lasting, lemony aftertaste.
- 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_323102Bottle Size: 750mlA delightful natural wine red blend of 50% Zweigelt,50% St. Laurent done with carbonic maceration preserving all the fresh juciness and bright red fruit flavors. A perfect summer quaffing red. Light-bodied like a Pinot Noir, but with crunchy red fruit. Unfined, unfiltered, low sulphites. Serve chilled.
Meinklang is one of Austria's most interesting organic producers. Demeter certified biodynamic, they are crafting inviting naturally styled and fresh wines from Burgenland. * Natural Wine, Biodynamic Wine, Demeter Certified *
- Item #: i_333309Bottle Size: 750mlA delicious orange-rose-colored wine with a bouquet and palate of lychee, hibiscus and white flowers. The grapes are Pinot Gris and Welschriesling, and receives 10 days skin contact. This is a still wine. Crown cap. Serve chilled. Natural wine. Biodynamic and Demeter Certified.
- 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.
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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_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_322055Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 93WINE ADVOCATE 92+ POINTS The 2015 Gruner Veltliner Tradition has a golden-yellow color and opens with a clear and complex bouquet of vegetal and greenish flavors over a deep fundament of ripe and concentrated fruits as well as the crystalline minerality of the Renner where the Tradition has been sourced. Full-bodied, round and rich but transparent, with a firm mineral and good phenolic structure, this is an elegant, still very young but age-worthy Veltliner with a long finish that reveals a certain creaminess or richness along with vegetal flavors. This is a great wine with food. Tasted July 2017 at the Domaine.
- Item #: i_362642Bottle Size: 750mlWine Enthusiast: 90 PointsWINE ENTHUSIAST 90 POINTS - "Ripe pear, lemon zest and salty yeast on the nose signal freshness and savoriness. The palate is lively with slight spritz and lemon freshness while the dry finish brings the saltiness to the fore."