2. The Land

Austria is a relaxed country with an unmatched quality of life. This is one of the key reasons why Austria has become a globally-renowned tourism destination. Many holidaymakers view Austria as the most hospitable country in Europe.

A picture shows Weißenkirchen / Wachau

This is especially true for its picturesque wine-growing regions, which cover over 46,515 hectares: the Wachau and the classic regions in Niederösterreich (Lower Austria) either side of the Danube; Steiermark (Styria) and its spectacular ranges of hills; Burgenland with the natural paradise which is the Neusiedlersee; and Wien (Vienna) - the world's only major wine-growing capital. And the character of the wines is just as individual as the character of the regions they hail from. In addition to the climate, the soils are a key factor behind this individuality: crystalline stone terraces or huge loess layers in Niederösterreich, calcareous soils in North Burgenland and Südsteiermark or volcanic soils in Kamptal and Vulkanland Steiermark. This means that, despite being a small wine producing nation, Austria offers a wide range of different, interesting wines which nevertheless all share an amazing tension between ripeness and freshness.