About Austrian Wine

About Austrian Wine
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

Signum Blanc 2018 Turmalin Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$250
Emerald straw color. Attractive aromas and flavors of grapefruit-guava-mint chutney, frosted banana cake, dried pineapple, and magnolia with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, complex, medium-long finish with accents of gooseberry jam on cucumber slices and hint of sweet cream with no oak flavor. An ample, delicious, tropical fruit forward Sauvignon Blanc that hits all the high notes.
Signum Blanc 2018 Turmalin Morillon Chardonnay
89 points
$180
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of toasty praline, pineapple upside down cake, and apple soufflé with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy finish displaying shades of honeyed grilled apple and hint of creme anglaise with a suggestion of oak flavor. A clean, buoyant Chardonnay with toasty accent.