Red Wine

There are 14 red wine grape varieties classified for the production of quality wine in Austria, and approximately one-third of Austrian vineyard area is planted with red wine varieties. By far the most successful red wine variety is the Blauer Zweigelt, an Austrian crossing, of which there are many planted in regional vineyards. Other indigenous varieties include Blaufränkischand St. Laurent, which have already received international acclaim. International varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, are popular wines for blending with native Austrian red wine varieties.

Vine share of grape varieties in Austria

Red Wine

1999

2009

+/- % (1999-2009)

2015

+/- % (2009-2015)

Total Value 1999

Total Value 2009

Total Value 2015

Zweigelt

4,350

6,476

48.9%

6,426

-0.8%

9.0%

14.1%

13.8%

Blaufränkisch

2,641

3,225

22.1%

3,009

-6.7%

5.4%

7.0%

6.5%

Blauer Portugieser

2,358

1,622

-31.2%

1.263

-22.1%

4.9%

3.5%

2.7%

Blauburger

884

903

2.2%

742

-17.8%

1.8%

2.0%

1.6%

St. Laurent

415

778

87.5%

732

-5.9%

0.9%

1.7%

1.6%

Blauburgunder

409

649

58.6%

616

-5.1%

0.8%

1.4%

1.3%

Merlot

112

649

480.4%

724

11.6%

0.2%

1.4%

1.6%

Cabernet Sauvignon

312

594

90.8%

589

-0.8%

0.6%

1.3%

1.3%

Blauer Wildbacher

464

450

-3.0%

458

1.8%

1.0%

1.0%

1.0%

Roesler

²)

161

-

238

47.8%

-

0.4%

0.5%

Gemischter Satz

358

51

-85.7%

156

205.9%

0.7%

0.1%

0.3%

Syrah

2)

137

-

152

10.9%

-

0.3%

0.3%

Cabernet Franc

27

56

107.9%

74

32.1%

0.1%

0.1%

0.2%

Other Red Wine Varieties

22

9

-62.0%

155

1622.2%

0.0%

0.0%

0.3%

Ráthay

2)

9

-

35

288.9%

-

0.0%

0.1%

Rosenmuskateller

3)

3)

-

3)

-

-

-

-

Total Red Wine

12,352

15,770

27.7%

15,370

-2.5%

25.5%

34.4%

33.0%

Basis:  
Figures from 2015 Source: Sum of the figures reported by the wine-producing federal states (Statistics Austria NÖ, Wein-Online Burgenland, vineyard register Steiermark, Registry of area under vine of the city of Vienna, MA 58). As at February 2017

Figures from 2009 Source: Statistics Austria, Survey of area under vine 2009; adjusted using the areas under vine according to the vineyard registers for Styria and Vienna; plantings not necessarily in production.

2) 2009: split out for the first time as quality variety

3) Rosenmuskateller: plantings not yet statistically captured   

For the production of wine without protected designation of origin or geographical indication with grape variety- or vintage-designation, the following red wine varieties are permitted for planting: Regent, Cabernet Jura.