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As you look around the classic old world European regions, Austria does not always get the same attention as the more well-known wine producing countries like France, Italy, Spain, and even Germany. The Austrian section in your local wine shop is often tucked away a bit and may feature just a few selections, typically highlighting the signature Grüner Veltliner grape.While we certainly love our Grüner, there is much more to explore. We simply cannot get enough of these incredibly well-priced, food-friendly, crisp, satisfying wines. Now it's time for you to check out the perfect flight of wines to accompany this warm summer month of July!

The modern-day Austrian wine industry has built a global reputation for high quality, energetic bone-dry white wines that often compete with some of the best wines in the world. With a cooler continental climate, the white wines are more widely known, but many of the reds can be unexpectedly delicious. The wines consistently leave the palate energized and refreshed as they showcase their unique regional identities. Not only high in quality, they also offer remarkable value, and routinely overdeliver for their respective price points.

In terms of geography, the country is landlocked, sitting just south of both Germany and the Czech Republic, while also bordering Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, and Switzerland (moving in a clockwise direction). Winemaking here has existed for thousands of years and can be traced back to the Celts in the fourth century BC. The main regions rest on the eastern edge of the country and are nestled near or around the Danube River which often helps to moderate temperatures. The vineyards overlooking the Danube can be very steep and terraced, and often requiring manual farming.

The primary wine producing area is known as Lower Austria or Niederösterreich and borders Slovakia and the Czech Republic in the northeast. The region is home to 8 of Austria's 16 official appellations. Kamptal, Kremstal, and Wachau stand out as key appellations. The Wachau even has its own qualitative classification system, further labeling wines Steinfeder, Federspiel or Smaragd to communicate the style of wines from light and tangy to rich and fuller in body.

As mentioned, white grapes make up the majority with Grüner Veltliner being the flagship of Austria and the most widely planted. Grüner is typically crisp with edgy minerality, green notes, and a distinct peppery finish. Riesling from Austria is also known to be dry in style with fierce acidity. Other key varietals include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Welschriesling, and Pinot Blanc. The Reds from the region are usually lighter in style and include the peppery dark-fruited reds, Zweigelt and Blaufränkish. Pinot Noir (called Blauburgunder) is also rapidly improving in quality and recognition.

The Tasting Room Flight

Ebner-Ebenauer Grüner Veltliner
Ebner-Ebenauer Grüner Veltliner

Ebner-Ebenauer Grüner Veltliner

$27.00
Weingut Schauer Sauvignon Blanc
Weingut Schauer Sauvignon Blanc

Weingut Schauer Sauvignon Blanc

$24.00
Günter & Regina Triebaumer Rust Zweigelt
Günter & Regina Triebaumer Rust Zweigelt

Günter & Regina Triebaumer Rust Zweigelt

$22.00
Johanneshof Reinisch Rotgipfler
Johanneshof Reinisch Rotgipfler

Johanneshof Reinisch Rotgipfler

$25.00
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