Austrian wines have been around since ancient times, with historical records showing the first vintages being pressed as early as the 5th century BC. As the years progressed, Austrian winemaking developed and adapted to different cultural influences – from the Middle Ages to modern viticulture techniques – each leaving its own unique imprint on local production styles.
Today, Austria is known for producing some of the world’s most exquisite reds, whites and sparkling wines; with over 100 native varietals being cultivated in various regions. Well-known grape varietals include Grüner Veltliner and Welschriesling for crisp whites, Zweigelt for medium-bodied reds, Blauer Wildbacher for dry rosés, and Rotgipfler for off-dry dessert wines.
Additionally, many Austrians also enjoy experimenting with blends; combining different grapes to create stunning flavor profiles that are truly unique. Notable examples include Sankt Laurent and Zweigeltrebe – both of which are mixes of two or more varietals. Altogether, Austrian wines offer something for everyone; perfect for any occasion!