Austria: Other Austrian Whites
What About Austrian Whites?
Although Austria is currently producing some of the worlds best dessert wines, they tend to be released in tiny quantities, and are fairly expensive. Of greater interest for every day drinking would be the new generation of dry whites, many of which are both world class and widely distributed. While Riesling and Grüner Veltliner are undoubtedly the classics, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are showing promise.
Most dry whites come from Lower Austria, the region that has become closely associated with these styles. Confusingly, Lower Austria is actually the region in the northeast corner of the country around Vienna. The Lower Austrian sub-regions of Wachau, Kremstal, and Kamptal are on or near the Danube River to the west of Vienna, and figure most prominently in white wine production. Dry wines are emphasized in the Wachau in particular, and they are classified in three different quality grades in ascending order of ripeness: Steinfeder, Federspiel, and Smaragd.
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