CHAPTER 1 : AUSTRIA
Although a relatively small producer in terms of volume, Austria is today one of the hottest rising destinations when it comes to wines of individual quality and natural character. The country has become increasingly prominent in the minds of top sommeliers and wine lovers all over the world.
Despite the diversity of Austria’s wines, there is a consistent characteristic that distinguishes them from other international wines: an aromatic freshness, coupled with complete physiologic ripeness of the grapes. There is simply no other place on earth where fresh wines are so compact and dense, where opulent wines taste so nimble.
With its flagship Grüner Veltliner in the lead, Austria grows a wide array of local and international grape varieties, yielding wines of unrivalled purity and distinction. And these wines are grown in some of Europe’s most beautiful landscapes: the Wachau and the classic regions along the Danube River, Burgenland on the Hungarian border, the dramatic hills of Steiermark in the far south – and last but not least, the historic vineyards of Austria’s capital city Vienna.
"There is simply no other place on earth where fresh wines are so compact and dense, where opulent wines taste so nimble." Willi Klinger, Managing Director, Austrian Wine Marketing Board
Austrian export turnover has grown exponentially over the past two decades, bringing average prices to a profitable level.
Despite the increase in international demand, these wines remain among the greatest values to be found in the world of fine wine.
NUMBERS, FACTS & FIGURES:
- Average annual harvest volume: 250m litres
- Area under vines in Austria: 45,450 ha
- Distribution: 67% white wine, 33% red wine
- Most important grape variety: Grüner Veltliner
(32% of cultivated area)
- Wine exports in 2015: 48m litres, 143m Euros
- Austrian wine consumption per capita in 2015: 27 litres