Austria is one of the most fascinating wine producing countries in Europe today.
Austria has a winegrowing heritage stretching back over three millennia and produces some of the best wines in the world, of unparalleled quality, from grape varieties not grown elsewhere.
Yet Austrian wine remain relatively unknown and under-represented in the UK. Until recently we were the only merchant with a selection of Grüner Veltliner or any Austrian red wine!
Today you usually find one or two Austrian wines in most shops, and increasingly in restaurants. A good start, but not enough, as Austria has so much more to offer!
It is our vision to bring to the UK the wines they most respect back in Austria. We've selected wines from some of the best growers in the various winegrowing regions. Most of these are small family operations, offering wines of individuality, character, and outstanding quality.
Austrian Wine Regions
We wouldn't be the champions of Austrian Wines in the UK if we didn't cover all of its diverse regions. They are all here from the white wines of Wachau, Kamptal, Kremstal, Wagram and Weinviertel, through the magic of Vienna and the Viennese hills in Carnuntum and Thermenregion, all the way to Burgenland and Styria in the south. Enjoy!
Burgenland is also a great place to spend a holiday. Not only is there the wine to explore, but the lake itself is a big draw.
Directly south of Vienna. Serious red wines and a selection of characterful whites, including rare Austrian varieties Rotgipfler and Zierfandler.
Austrian Wine Grapes
Blauer Portugieser vines give prolific yields and give delicious, simple, light-bodied wines.
Forget any prejudices and long-held beliefs, this is where the new Chardonnay adventure begins.
Frühroter Veltliner is a fruity wine with a bit of spice and hints of almonds when made into Eiswein.
Merlot is probably the most common and popular grape worldwide - but Alpine Merlot is in its own league.
Neuburger often produces wines that are soft, full-bodied and have a balanced, nutty aroma.
Almost as versatile as Riesling, Pinot Gris gives an opportunity to widen your wine knowledge.
As well as sweet and dry wines from Gumpoldskirchen we also have a couple of wines from Wagram.
St. Laurent makes a suave and sophisticated wine with a lingering finish that continues to delight.
Sauvignon Blanc is a well-known international grape variety that began its life in France.
The good dry wines have aromas of blackcurrant and notes of grapefruit - worth looking for.
Syrah has become one of the world's most popular varieties thanks to very intense loud wines, but in our climate it has elegance
Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese from Welschriesling are wonderful as they retain much of the inherent acidity from the grape.