7. Red Wines - intense & opulent

The international trend towards red wine has considerably marked the development of Austrian wines, especially regarding supply and demand. Full-bodied, dense wines with complexity, depth and a long ageing potential, are being rewarded both nationally and internationally.

A picture shows a saddle of lamb
© AWMB / Ulli Kohl

Strong red wines are in high demand – either as single varietals from single vineyard sites, or as cuvée blends whose moderate barrique ageing doesn´t mask the flavour of the wines. Those top quality wines matured in small wooden casks retain their pure, fruity aromas and flavours, and reflect true terroir characteristics. A fact to be especially proud of is that typical Austrian grape varieties, such as Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent, have found a firm place alongside the classic Pinot Noir and other international grape varieties, such as the Cabernets. The native varietals are grown and produced mainly in  Burgenland, as well as in Lower Austria (Carnuntum, Thermenregion) and in Vienna. And they certainly find their place where great red wine ought to be - on the table, complementing roast lamb, steak and all kinds of stewed meats. These dishes benefit from the pronounced fruit and fine structure of Austrian red wines.