Cool Climate Reds
Austria’s new red wine revolution began around 1985, when a few pioneers applied advanced red-wine making techniques to imported French varieties, as well as to the local vines.
Developed in 1922 at Klosterneuburg, the world’s oldest wine school (founded in 1860), Zweigelt is a cross between Blaufränkisch and Sankt Laurent. Zweigelt is grown in all Austrian regions, with a special focus on Carnuntum and Neusiedlersee DAC areas. The wines are typically very juicy and fruit-driven, with subtly rounded notes on the palate. Zweigelt works also as an excellent blending partner in many fine red cuvées.
A very old Austrian variety, Blaufränkisch—apart from Carnuntum’s ‘Spitzerberg’—grows mainly in Burgenland, where it takes the forms of three regionally typical versions: Leithaberg DAC (mineralic), Mittelburgenland DAC (opulent), Eisenberg DAC (racy). A bit firmer than Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch presents more acidity and tannin, and demonstrates great aging potential.
Austrian Pinot Noir is a classic cool climate version of this noble variety. The typical fruit of cherry and red berries comes packed in an elegant body, balanced with fine, fresh acidity. You can find Pinot Noir in all Austrian growing regions, with special attention paid to it in the Thermenregion and northern Burgenland.