AUSTRIA

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.

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  1. ALOIS KRACHER 2015 PINOT GRIS TROCKEN

    Item #: 365521
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Rich notions of ripe pear and yellow apple govern nose and palate. The Pinot Gris roundness is well balanced by ripe, fresh acidity on a medium body with lots of mouthfeel. An almost weighty wine. From Burgenland.
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  2. BERGER 2015 ZWEIGELT DRY RED

    Item #: i_311317
    Bottle Size: 1L
    Charm 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.
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  3. BERGER 2017 GRUNER VELTLINER AUSTRIA

    Item #: i_311870
    Bottle Size: 750ml
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  4. BRUNDLMAYER 2013 RIESLING HEILIGENSTEIN ZOBINGER

    Item #: 307463
    Bottle Size: 750ml
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  5. BRUNDLMAYER 2016 GRUNER VELTLINER RIED LAMM KAMPTAL, ERSTE LAGE

    Item #: 307462
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    JAMESSUCKLING.COM - 98 POINTS Brundlmayer's Lamm gruner veltliner used to run at up to 15% alcohol, but I much prefer this cool and reserved interpretation of the site at just 13%. Serious concentration of wild herb character, then the very clean, incredibly long finish make this a stunning wine. Slightly funky (from reduction), this will be better from 2018. Stuart Pigott.
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  6. EBNER EBENAUER 2013 SANKT LAURENT ALTE REBEN

    Item #: 303965
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    From vineyards planted in 1958 -- which are some of the oldest red vines in the entire Weinviertel region. Very typical for the varietal, which is known as the "wild cousin" of Pinot Noir.
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  7. EMMERICH KNOLL 2016 GRUNER VELTLINER FEDERSPIEL WACHAU

    Item #: 372019
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    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 Gr
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  8. EMMERICH KNOLL 2016 GRUNER VELTLINER RIED KREUTELS FEDERSPIEL, WACHAU

    Item #: 372014
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 90
    From sandy loess and weathered primary rock soils the 2016 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. Very elegant and authentic.
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  9. EMMERICH KNOLL 2016 RIESLING LOIBNER SMARAGD WACHAU, AUSTRIA

    Item #: 372015
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The Emmerich Knoll estate is perhaps the most famous and well regarded in Austria
  10. F.X. PICHLER 2016 GRUNER VELTLINER STEINERTAL SMARAGD

    Item #: i_333302
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 93
    WINE ADVOCATE 91-92 POINTS The 2015 Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Loibner Steinertal is a medium to full-bodied wine with a very nice and mineral acidity and a refreshing bright fruit flavor. Tightly woven but very elegant and with grip. Very promising.

    Lucas Pichler has produced another outstanding collection. If there are vintages that remind him of the great 2015, it is 2009 and 1999. My favorite is the Grüner Veltliner Liebenberg, a cooler spot that performed terrific in the warm and dry vintage of 2015. Stephan Reinhardt.
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  11. GEYERHOF 2016 GRUNER VELTLINER ROSENSTEIG, ORGANIC KREMSTAL, AUSTRIA

    Item #: 372457
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Geyerhof's Rosensteig Gruner is made from organically farmed grapes grown on loess (alluvial soil) in Austria's Kremstal appellation. The wine was aged on its lees which adds richness and depth of flavor to balance its gorgeous minerality. 2016 was an outstanding vintage in Austria and this is the best Geyerhof Rosensteig Gruner Veltliner we have tasted to date.
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  12. HICK 2016 GELBER MUSKATELLER "TERRASSEN" DRY

    Item #: 308007
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  13. HIEDLER 2016 GRUNER VELTLINER RIED THAL KAMPTAL

    Item #: 342385
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    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.
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  14. HOFER 2017 GRUNER VELTLINER "HUM" ORGANIC

    Item #: i_307464
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Liquid 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?

    Try this.

    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 Gruner Veltliner, is often described as white pepper. It matches well with fish, chicken, dishes with tomatoes and spicy foods. It was perfect this summer for a dinner served with fresh sauteed fava beans. This wine also drinks amazingly great on the second day after being opened.

    Gruner Veltliner is Austria's signature white grape, and has become increasingly popular in the United States in recent years. It has become the love of the Sommelier set, making its way onto restaurant wine lists because of its food pairing versatility. The 2017 Hofer is clean, bright, sunny, has sound complexity and is all of $15.99 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 $25 for, since it effortlessly punches above its class. It also makes for a light quaffer at 12.5% alcohol.

    The Bioweingut H. & M. (short for Hermann and Maria) Hofer from Auersthal, Weinviertel, is one of the pioneers of organic agriculture. Since the 1990s, cellar master Hermann Hofer manages his vines according to organic biological guidelines, since 2001, he operates a controlled organic agriculture by the group Bio-Ernte, whose standards exceed EU guidelines for organic grape growing.

    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 Gruner 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."
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  15. HOFER 2017 ZWEIGELT ROSE BIODYNAMIC "HUM" 1L

    Item #: i_331142
    Bottle Size: 1L
    Zweigelt is an Austrian classic. This variety was created in 1922, when Dr. Fritz Zweigelt crossed two grapes - St Laurent and Blaufränkisch.

    The wine offers delicate strawberry, cherry and floral aromas. On the palate it is medium-bodied, lively and refreshing, beautifully balanced. A long and pleasant finish. Enjoy as an aperitif or with any light fare with friends.
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  16. MAURITIUSHOF GRITSCH 2015 RIESLING 1000 EIMERBERG SMARAGD, WACHAU, AUSTRIA

    Item #: 311869
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Dating back to the 13th century the Mauritiushof was originally used by monks to collect the grapes. Since 1799 the building has belonged to the Gritsch family who started the tradition of wine pressing. Today this heritage stands as a commitment for the future to cultivate this tradition. Our wines are synonymous with the unique soil and microclimate of each individual vinyard. These special qualities yield great wines that are based not only on the traditional craftsmanship, but also on the unique philosophie of our family.

    Presents an infinite range of aromas (pure stone fruit, blood orange)
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  17. MORIC 2016 HAUS MARKE ROT (RED)

    Item #: 303963
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Moric is the winery that put the Austrian red grape Blaufrankisch--and by extension, Austrian red wine in general--on the map. An entry-level counter-part to his more serious reds, winemaker Roland Velich recently began producing this fresh and lively blend of Blaufrankisch, Pinot Noir and Zweigelt (a cross of Blaufrankisch and another native Austrian variety, St Laurent). With bright red fruit, chalky minerals and subtle spice, its a stylish yet accessible alternative Pinot for light appetizers and salads, herbed chicken, pasta with tomato-based sauces and fish.
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  18. MUHR-VAN DER NIEPOORT 2015 BLAUFRANKISCH SAMT & SEIDE, CARNUNTUM, AUSTRIA

    Item #: i_372360
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    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 Blaufränkisch from the Spitzerberg! On the palate, this is a rich and generous, sweet, lush and juicy Blaufränkisch 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.

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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.
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  19. NIGL 2016 GRUNER VELTLINER FREIHEIT

    Item #: 372090
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Martin Nigl is a first generation winemaker, beginning in 1985 after convincing his family to keep the fruit from their small quantity of vines and bottle it themselves rather than selling it to the local co-op. The history with grape-growing is not nearly as recent though; the Nigl family has been farming here for over 200 years.
    Martin practices sustainable farming, never using herbicides or insecticides, plants cover crops of legumes and herbs, and avoids copper, a mainstay in the biodynamic arsenal, but which he considers detrimental to his vines’ vitality, and harmful to the soil.
    In the cellar, Nigl works almost exclusively in stainless steel, never de-stems, uses only ambient yeasts, settles musts by gravity only, racks twice and never fines before bottling. The resulting wines are some of the most crystalline, transcendent bottlings in the portfolio. Charming nose, aromas of yellow apples, fine fruity character, slightly viscous, vivid and nicely integrated acidity, goes down well, piquant and spicy mineral tones in the finish.
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  20. NIGL 2017 GRUNER VELTLINER FREIHEIT

    Item #: i_372094
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ENTHUSIAST - 91 POINTS Savory yeast and white pepper inform the pear and lemon notes on the nose. They carry through on the palate where their fluid unity, helped along the very slender dry palate by bright lemon freshness is most enticing. A rollicking, if light little wine with a lip-smacking finish.
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  21. NIKOLAIHOF 13 BRUT ROSE (ZWEIGELT)

    Item #: 324112
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Looking for something ultra-sophisticated, fine, and rare for that wine connoisseur on your list? Look no further.
  22. PRAGER 2016 GRUNER VELTLINER FEDERSPIEL TROCKEN "HINTER DER BURG", WACHAU

    Item #: 323122
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The 2016 Ried Hinter der Burg Gruner Veltliner Federspiel is clear, fresh and spicy on the nose where white fruit aromas intermix with stony notes. Sourced from gravelly soils, this is a light, crisp, pure but intense and salty Gr
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  23. PRIELER 2015 UNOAKED CHARDONNAY "SINNER" VINEYARD

    Item #: 311868
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    An hour south of Vienna you'll find the Prieler Estate, where they make world class Chardonnay. Marrying the precision and elegance of a cool climate wine with the depth, richness and body imparted by a warmer one, this Austrian Chardonnay offers the best of both worlds. From the elite, blue-chip Prieler estate in the Neusiedlersee- (prounounced noise-zeeder-lezay) Hugelland district of Austria's Burgenland, grown on limestone and mica-schist soil, coming from the single vineyard named "Sinner", comes this affordable, but deeply satisfying example of exactly what we mean. Full of Fuji apple and, underscored with a Chablis-like minerality and depth, this wine is incredibly versatile and delicious now, but will only develop in complexity with another 3-10 years in the cellar.
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  24. SALOMON UNDHOF 2015 GRUNER VELTLINER 'WEIDEN & BERG'

    Item #: i_362363
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The Wieden vineyard is located adjacent to the 220-year-old winery itself. Cuttings from this vineyard have gone on to populate the terraces of the Kreuzberg vineyard.

    WINE ENTHUSIAST 90 POINTS - " Earthy, yeasty notes signal that this is still a baby of a wine. Once they have blown off, the palate reveals juicy, ripe, yellow pear and a savory, herbal touch reminiscent of fresh sage and and chervil. Lovely focus and a very savory finish."
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