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_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_372384Bottle Size: 1LThis is a fun and delicious project from sisters Birgit and Katrin Pfneisl. In addition to making wine with their father and uncles, who run the family estate in Austria, the sisters also farm their ancestral vines in Sopron, Hungary. From the outset, their Hungarian wines contrasted sharply with those from Austria. Organic farming, old vines and wild fermentation, all contribute to the finesse of their wines. They're lighter, prettier, less structured, more aromatic, so we were happy to discover Birgit and Katrin's increasing involvement in the Austrian estate. This Austrian red is composed of 100% Zweigelt grown in the Burgenland area. The grapes were macerated and fermented in stainless steel. The wine has an almost Beaujolais-like freshness, raspberry fruit notes and just the right amount of acidity on the finish.
- 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_302986Bottle Size: 750mlRunning on the fruitier side this year, Muller's 2018 Zweigelt Rose has delightful cranberry and raspberry fruit, followed by citrus. Made from the red grape, Zweigelt, this is a quality small-production Rose what would pair well with Seafood, Cheese, or Poultry dishes.