“The red wines of Austria are an underappreciated jewel of the wine world. Two-thirds of Austria’s vineyard land is dedicated to white varieties. The remaining one-third belongs to red. The red wines of Austria are a closely guarded secret among wine lovers, but demand is on the rise.”
Floral licorice notes with soft sawdust aromas and fruit notes of plum, black cherry and savory minerality. Round and juicy on the palate with blue and red fruit notes – mostly black cherry, red currant and bilberry with a richly creamy textured body, soft tannins and a puff of light smoke and fertile earth on the finish. -Snooth
More about the Great Red Wines of Austria from Snooth
Great Red Wines of Austria: Zweigelt
The child of Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent is a spritely sort, filled with ripe blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry fruits plus a touch of floral. Zweigelt plantings grew 48% between 1999 and 2015. It is the most widely planted red grape variety in Austria. Viticulturist Fritz Zweigelt made the first cross in 1922 and called it Rotburger. It was later renamed Zweigelt in his honor. Like most all Austrian reds, Zweigelt can be appreciated for its freshness and crispness – facets of wine that are limited to white varietals in other regions.
Great Red Wines of Austria: Pinot Noir
A new style of Pinot Noir is emerging from Austria – one that delivers the same coolness and crispness you see in all of the country’s wines. These are notably graceful and careful expressions of the grape that will be attractive to all Pinot Noir lovers. The grapes are perfectly ripened yet they retain an aromatic complexity that is hard to capture in a finished wine. Pinot Noir constitutes just 1.3 percent of acres under vine in Austria, but this represents a 58.6% increase in plantings between 1999 and 2009.
Great Red Wines of Austria: Blends
If you don’t wish to commit to a single varietal right now, Austria’s expert winemakers offer a number of carefully crafted red blends too. This is where winemakers showcase the skills they and their ancestors have cultivated over multiple millennia making wine in Austria.