Red Wine

There are 13 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

+/- ha

2009

+/- %

Total Value 1999

Total Value 2009

Zweigelt

4.350

2.126,4

6.476

48,9%

9,0%

14,1%

Blaufränkisch

2.641

584,8

3.225

22,1%

5,4%

7,0%

Blauer Portugieser

2.358

-736,7

1.622

-31,2%

4,9%

3,5%

Blauburger

884

19,5

903

2,2%

1,8%

2,0%

St. Laurent

415

363,3

778

87,5%

0,9%

1,7%

Blauburgunder

409

239,6

649

58,6%

0,8%

1,4%

Merlot

112

536,9

649

480,4%

0,2%

1,4%

Cabernet Sauvignon

312

282,6

594

90,8%

0,6%

1,3%

Blauer Wildbacher

464

-13,7

450

-3,0%

1,0%

1,0%

Roesler

²)

160,9

161

-

-

0,4%

Gemischter Satz

358

-307,0

51

-85,7%

0,7%

0,1%

Syrah

²)

137,0

137

-

-

0,3%

Cabernet Franc

27

29,3

56

107,9%

0,1%

0,1%

Other Red Wine Varieties

22

-13,9

9

-62,0%

0,0%

0,0%

Ráthay

²)

9,1

9

-

-

0,0%

Total Red Wine

12.352

3418,4

15.770

27,7%

25,5%

34,4%

Basis:  
Statistics Austria, Vineyard Land Survey 2009;
plausible vineyard areas according to the land registry in Styria and Vienna;
planted surface area, not necessary yielding grapes.

²) 2009: first recorded as a quality grape variety

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.