1. The Climate

Austria's special geographic setting is the most important factor for the exceptional quality of its wines.

Although Austria is at the same latitude as Burgundy, it is much more centrally located within Europe. It is consequently in the transitional zone between the mild and damp Atlantic climate, and the continental Pannonian one, which has much wider variations in temperature. Warm, sunny summer and autumn days with northerly, cool nights are key to the development of fresh, aromatic wines with good body and fine character. There is simply no other place on earth where fresh wines are so compact and dense, where opulent wines taste so nimble.

A picture shows a climate map


Continental Pannonian climate


Moderate Atlantic climate


Cool air from the north


Illyrian Mediterranean climate