About White Wines from Austria

About White Wines from Austria
Although Austria is not among the top fifteen wine producing nations in the world (it ranks 18th), it has received a great deal of attention as of late. Much of this has to do with its signature white wine, Grüner Veltliner, a medium-bodied, aromatic, sleek white with very good natural acidity. As consumers are looking for wines to accompany fusion and other healthy cuisines, Grüner has been a natural fit. Austria is primarily a white wine nation (two-thirds of vineyards are planted to white varieties); other successful whites include Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc (known as Weissburgunder). Some of the greatest Austrian wines are the remarkable dessert wines made from Riesling, Muskat and other varieties. The most exclusive of these are trockenbeerenauslese, which are incredibly rich with exotic honey, raisin and caramel flavors, moderate sweetness and the structure to age for decades. The best of these are highly limited (they are only produced in exceptional years) and expensive, costing as much as $75-$100 per half bottle. Red wines include Zweigelt, Blaufrankisch and Blauburgunder (Pinot Noir). Reds in Austria have higher acidity as well as more herbal notes than many other reds from around the globe; this may account for their limited sales, despite the excellent quality and their structure for aging.

Top Picks for Austria

White Wines

Laessiger 2017  Gruner Veltliner
87 points
Best Buy
Pale straw green color. Aromas of butter sauce with lime zest, ripe pear, hydrangea, and slate with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a sleek, carefree lemon tisane finish. A zippy and refreshing gruner.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Skeleton 2017  Gruner Veltliner
85 points
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of lime, valencia orange, and yellow apple with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a graceful, fast finish with nuances of white tea and almond. A crisp and youthful white for anytime sipping.
85 points $9.99