Wine from Austria : our selection of organic, biodynamic and natural wines
Although it only accounts for 1% of world production today, Austria has a long tradition of wine production. The vineyards are mainly concentrated in the east of the country and feature a number of local grape varieties such as Blaufränkisch, Grüner Veltliner and Zweigelt.
Austria has made a name for itself on the international wine scene over the past two decades. Its wines now shine with their quality, variety and identity, reflecting the local grape varieties. Over the past twenty years, red wine production has increased with varieties such as Blauer Burgunder, Blauer Wildbacher, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and St. Laurent. Sweet whites are made from late harvested grapes (Hochprädikatsweine). Burgenland is one of the best regions in the world for producing this precious liquid "yellow gold". The microclimate with its high temperatures is ideal for the development of the famous "noble rot" (Botrytis cinerea), a fungus which, by piercing the skin of the grape, evaporates the water contained in the grape and leads to a high concentration of sugar. After a long and slow fermentation, the juice gives sweet wines recognisable by their golden colour, honey notes and delicate sultana aromas.
How can we not also mention the sparkling wines from our Austrian friends, from the fruity frizzante, such as the one from Schilcher in Western Styria, to the best Sekt? The production of Austrian organic, biodynamic and natural wine is relatively limited, due to the country's relatively "classic" consumer taste. All the more reason to go for it when you come across Austrian organic or natural winesThey are rare and often very good! The winemaker organic/nature that Tom, our sommelier, and his team have selected for you is the Claus Preisinger.