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_372459Bottle Size: 750mlWINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS Martin Mittelbach's 2014 Riesling Smaragd Loibenberg opens pure and very smoky on the deep, well-concentrated nose. This is elegant, clear and finesse-full Riesling made from partly overripe Riesling berries, which give the intense and concentrated fruit on the palate. Some grams of residual sugar help to keep the alcohol moderate and the aging potential high. There is nice and stimulating salinity in the finish.