Most wine connoisseurs have already been to the famous vineyards in France, Spain, and Italy, but the history and variety of European wine’s roots are spread much wider. For example, anyone looking to find a new spot to go on a wine vacation in Europe will find Austria is a surprisingly perfect choice.
From right outside Vienna, and up to the Melk monastery, there are Grüner and Veltliner vineyards all along the Danube’s picturesque coastline. Let’s quickly go through certain points highlighted to explain Austria’s potential as a superb spot for wine vacations.
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Austrian Vineyards Offer Incredible Variety
Austria’s numerous vineyards are spread across all types of terrain. From atop the Alpine mountain range, to natural lakesides close to the French Burgundy vineyards, there are small to medium-sized wineries nearly everywhere along the Austrian countryside.
The difference in elevation allows for impressive variations in between the wines manufactured by wineries from various sections of Austria. This is, of course, a result of the climatic differences we find at different levels of elevation.
Each Bottle is Unique
We read an interesting article on wine destinations and Austria was mentioned. The interesting aspect of Austrian wineries is that most businesses are run by local families, and not big brands. Consequently, there is no single technique or method which every vineyard in an area has to follow, just to maintain uniformity of taste. What this means is that we can buy two bottles of Gruner Veltliner from two different vineyards located side-by-side, and still be surprised at how different they taste.
Where to Find the Best Wines in Austria?
As mentioned, vineyards dot the entire nation, but the locations mentioned next should be on top of any list for wine vacation destinations. The fact that they are all located around Vienna should keep the outing interesting in other ways as well.
Niederösterreich – Some of the best wines from this region come from vineyards in Kremstal, Kamptal, Weinviertel, Wagram and Wachau. However, there is the presence of multinational wine brands in this region, which may affect the characteristic uniqueness of Austrian wine from Underground Cellar.
Wien – Those looking to taste truly unique reds and whites in Austria should pay a visit to the Wien region. The industry here is small, but the local wineries are not without their unique surprises either.
Styria – When looking to find wineries that make theirs from well-established, top-of-the-line grapes such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc or Chardonnay among others, this is where one should come.
Blaufränkisch and Zweigelt – Bergenland is full of vineyards, and the two small hubs are famous for manufacturing that typically Austrian sweet, red wine.
Aside from the promise of tasting new wines and enjoying cuisines from the heart of central Europe, there is just so much more to do and see in Austria. Even if you are interested in the wine primarily, just the journey from one vineyard to another will let you observe breathtakingly beautiful vistas, especially as you trek up the mountains.