Austrian White Wines

Austria makes wonderful white wine, in all styles from bone dry to superbly sweet but sadly, there isn’t enough Austrian wine!

Austria is a country with a strong and historic wine-drinking culture, but it only produces as much wine as a middle-sized region of France, for example the Loire. Export isn’t necessarily a priority for many growers, but fortunately some of the top producers do want to see their wines on a world stage, where they have proved they can shine.

The vineyards all lie in the east of the country, around Vienna, downstream along the Danube to the west, and in a wide band south to Styria. Best known are white wines, particularly from Riesling - which here becomes a dry, high alcohol wine much more in the Alsace style than the German - and Gruner Veltliner, the latter grown in Austria since Roman times and now taking a third of the country’s vineyards. The top examples of both these varieties make very food-friendly wines, with the weight and structure to accompany rich or spicy dishes, and both can age superbly, with the best examples of the latter taking on the minerality and complexity of fine white Burgundy.

Austria is also the source of some of the greatest sweet wines in the world. Key to this is the Neuesiedlersee, an enormous shallow lake south-east of Vienna, which creates a perfect micro-climate for the development of noble rot in the surrounding vineyards through long, warm and dry autumns.

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aRTISAN, Neusiedlersee DAC Reserve Welschriesling Beerenauslese, 2019

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aRTISAN, Neusiedlersee DAC Reserve Welschriesling Beerenauslese, 2019

It’s not as well known as it should be that the vineyards around the Neusiedlersee represent...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginAustria

RegionBurgenland

ColourWhite

ABV9%

Bottle37.5cl

CodeART819

GrapeWelschriesling

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Artisan Wines, Heideboden Weiss, Burgenland, 2018

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Artisan Wines, Heideboden Weiss, Burgenland, 2018

A well-oaked blend of Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris) and Chardonnay. Creamy aromas; generous...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginAustria

RegionBurgenland

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeART618

GrapePinot Gris & Chardonnay

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Sax, Gruner Veltliner, Luftikus, Niederosterreich, 2020

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Sax, Gruner Veltliner, Luftikus, Niederosterreich, 2020

Correct mildly vegetal scent of Grüner; a touch of spritz; and a nice vein of lemony acidity...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginAustria

RegionNiederösterreich

ColourWhite

ABV11.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeSAX120

GrapeGruner Veltliner

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Sax, Gruner Veltliner, Luftikus, Niederosterreich, 2019

From fruit grown in Ried Wechselberg on loess over granite. This is an excellent introduction...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginAustria

RegionNiederösterreich

ColourWhite

ABV11.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeSAX119

GrapeGruner Veltliner

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Sax, Gruner Veltliner, Zwillingslauser, Kamptal, 2020

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Sax, Gruner Veltliner, Zwillingslauser, Kamptal, 2020

The Sax boys name one of their Kamptal Gruner Veltliners Zwillingslauser, which loosely...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginAustria

RegionKamptal

ColourWhite

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeSAX220

GrapeGruner Veltliner

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Sax, Gruner Veltliner, Ried Panzaun, Kamptal Reserve, 2019

Kamptal Reserve simply means the wine has to go before a tasting panel. From an eponymous...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginAustria

RegionKamptal

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeSAX319

GrapeGruner Veltliner

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Sax, Fruhroter Veltliner, Niederosterreich, 2020

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Sax, Fruhroter Veltliner, Niederosterreich, 2020

Frühroter Veltliner, a cross between Roter Veltliner and Silvaner, is one of those...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginAustria

RegionKamptal

ColourWhite

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeSAX620

GrapeFruhroter Veltliner

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Sax, Riesling, Ried Loiserberg, Kamptal Reserve, 2019

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Sax, Riesling, Ried Loiserberg, Kamptal Reserve, 2019

From a high, terraced vineyard, up to 400m., south-east facing and from 52 year old vines...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginAustria

RegionKamptal

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeSAX419B

GrapeRiesling

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Sax, Riesling, Ried Kaferberg, Kamptal Reserve, 2019

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Sax, Riesling, Ried Kaferberg, Kamptal Reserve, 2019

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Dry > Sweet

OriginAustria

RegionKamptal

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeSAX519

GrapeRiesling

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