Austrian White Wines

Austria is currently enjoying a renaissance as a white wine producing nation. Having emerged from the other side of decades long controversy involving a careless few, it now stands strong as a role model for modern European wine. It is a leader in quality and innovation, as it should be as one of Europe’s oldest wine making regions. By balancing the traditional with the modern, the Austrian wine industry has retained such classics such as sweet Ausbruch and Strohwein, as well as actively developing modern consumer friendly whites such as its signature style: crisp, white, aromatic Gruner Veltliner. Only 35 grape varieties are permitted for use in Austrian quality wine, of which almost two thirds are white. In terms of volume, Gruner Veltliner, which has made its way onto wine lists around Europe, is by far the most important, followed by Riesling. Other important whites are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Welschriesling and Pinot Blanc