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Welschriesling - Vienna

Welschriesling - Vienna

Vienna is the only major capital city in the world with significant wine production nearby. The vines still extend, however, into parts of the city itself, as they have done for hundreds of years.

Viticulture in Vienna is as old as Vienna itself - the Celtic settlement of Vedunia, and later the Roman garrison of Vindobona both cultivated grapes. The earliest named vineyards were documented in 1132, and by the late middle ages, all city districts had their own vineyards.

Viennese Heurigen culture, which so dominates Viennese wine to this day, was made possible by Emperor Josef II, who in 1784 passed a law allowing wine growers to sell their wine alongside home-made food. Viennese will often on a nice day take the tram out to go for lunch in a Heuriger, ideally one attached to a winery in a vineyard district. If you are visiting Vienna for business or tourism, take the time to do the same.

Our main winemaker in Vienna is the fantastic Rainer Christ, always one of the best !

In the UK, Welschriesling (‘foreign riesling’) has had a hard time. It was one of the first easily available wines and was what many people thought was Riesling. In earlier days crimes against wine made of Riesling and Welschriesling were sold here. Things have changed for the better, not least our knowledge of grapes!

Dry wines from Welschriesling can be forgettable - we have picked ours from the best, but you can get very boring ones at a cafe terrace in Austria or Croatia.

The grape comes into its own in two areas. First as a base for some excellent sparkling wine and second, as some of the most delicious sweet wines that can be found. Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese from Welschriesling are wonderful as they retain much of the inherent acidity from the grape to create a sweet yet well-balanced wine.

Jancis Robinson, in her magnum opus ‘Wine Grapes’, made the decision to list this grape under its Croatian name, Graševina. Much points to Croatia being the birthplace of this grape despite other theories as to it's origins.

Do not let past mistakes colour your opinion. Try the sweet wines and you will soon become a fan.

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Austrian Wine Regions

Burgenland

Burgenland

Big reds, superlative dessert wines and natural treasures.

Carnuntum

Carnuntum

Red wine terroir and ancient roman cities

Kamptal

Kamptal

Elegant and spicy wines on hills north of the Danube.

Kremstal

Kremstal

Mineral Grüner Veltliner and Riesling.

Leutschach in Styria

Styria

Impossible rolling hills, world class whites and unique rosé.

Thermenregion

Thermenregion

Directly south of Vienna. Serious red wines and characterful whites.

Traisental

Traisental

Wine terraces South of the Danube. Amazing value wines.

Vienna

Vienna

Vienna - the only capital which is its own wine region.

Wachau

Wachau

Some of the best whites on the planet.

Wagram

Ancient rock and modern winemaking.

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Weinviertel

North of Vienna - the home of classic Grüner Veltliner.

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