Take the lift up an Austrian mountain, ski down and raise your glass! After a long day on the slopes, your reward awaits you in the delightful form of Grüner Veltliner, Zweigelt or another great Austrian wine. Austria’s fantastic wines transform a ski region into a haven for wine lovers and your skiing holiday into a gourmet break!

The right wine for the right occasion

Bubbling over with winter joy

When the snow falls, it’s time to pop a cork or two! Austrian Sekt is bound to bring a sparkle to every wintry moment. Those who have been on the pistes all day have thoroughly earned a bubbly reward at the end. Spa fans, on the other hand, can enjoy a delicious glass of sparkling wine either before or after a warm, comforting sauna. With its protected designation of origin, its unique fresh, invigorating taste and its regional origin, Sekt Austria is the perfect way to reinforce that special Austrian feeling you get on a winter holiday.

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Exquisite wines to go with hearty food

After an active day on the pistes or a long wintry walk, tasty Austrian specialities are just what you need. Thanks to the loving way these dishes are prepared, they’ll also warm your heart – not just your stomach! And if you pair a wonderful Austrian wine with your meal, you’ll be crossing the finishing line in style!

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Outstanding wines that just keep on going

The perfect way to end a packed day of skiing is sitting in front of a crackling fire with a glass of Austrian wine in your hand. This would ideally be an outstanding wine, perhaps one from a single vineyard (Ried). The finest Austrian wines have true stamina and don’t reveal their full potential until they’ve spent several years maturing in the bottle. The following vintages are currently achieving their personal bests: 2019 (a once-in-a-century vintage!), 2015, 2013 and 2011.

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Exquisite wines to go with hearty food

Wiener Schnitzel

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  • Grünen Veltliner

The spiciness and mellow mouthfeel of this Austrian flagship variety pairs perfectly with the crispy breadcrumb coating of schnitzel to make a world-class team.

 

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Käsespätzle (Gratinated Noodles)

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The epitome of pleasure. The elegant acidity of this white wine is the perfect match for the spiciness of mature alpine cheese.

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[Translate to English:] Das Bild zeigt Fisch auf einem Teller angerichtet mit Weingläsern und Beilagen.

Trout Meunière

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  • Gemischten Satz

Greetings from Vienna! This fresh and versatile white wine is a good partner for fish, no matter how it is prepared.

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Roast pork

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If you want to really give your palate something to enjoy, then a spicy red wine with fine aromas of forest fruits and cherry is the recommended choice alongside a delicious pork roast.

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Goulash

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This fruit-led red wine and delicate acidity pairs exceptionally well with this warming dish and mountain-hut classic.

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Kaiserschmarrn (Thick chopped pancake, sprinkled with icing sugar)

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  • Beerenauslese

There’s no flip side here! A noble sweet wine complements this light and fluffy dream of a dessert perfectly.

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First place on the podium goes to Riedenwein (single-vineyard wines)


First place on the podium goes to Riedenwein (single-vineyard wines)

Austria’s ski resorts also serve very special wines from the country’s wine cellars. Why not take the opportunity to discover the champions from Austrian vineyards?

A lot of Austrian wines are peak performers, representing their region of origin at a very high level. Riedenwein (single-vineyard wines) contend for first place on the podium. These wines are generally powerful, multifaceted wines with good cellaring potential. In most cases, they only reach their peak maturity after a few years in the cellar. Many of the well-known single vineyards in Austria’s wine-growing regions produce individual Riedenwein with a lot of character. If you see the designation “Ried” included in the name of the wine on the label or on the wine list, then you can look forward to an outstanding Austrian wine.

[Translate to English:] Das Bild zeigt ein Glas mit Rotwein und eines mit Weißwein, mit denen angestoßen wird.

Top stars with the red-white-red striped banderole

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Top stars with the red-white-red striped banderole

Full-bodied red wines have plenty of personality, whether as a monovarietal Riedenwein (single-vineyard wine) or as a cuvée blend. The typically Austrian grape varieties like Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent really stand out here. Ask your sommelier for well-matured classic wines from Burgenland or Carnuntum and he’ll bring out wines from the cellar that will make the memories of your holiday in Austria last a lifetime.

The stars of Austria’s white wine culture are also deserving of accolades. At the pinnacle, we have the Reserve wines or Riedenwein made from Grüner Veltliner or Riesling from the wine-growing regions along the Danube in Niederösterreich (Lower Austria). Styrian Sauvignon Blanc regularly comes out on top in competitions to find the world’s best wines of this type. Connoisseurs who are looking for insider tips should order wines that are adept at holding their own, such as a powerful Zierfandler or Rotgipfler, or a complex Pinot Blanc or Chardonnay.

Where does the Austrian wine in my glass come from? Austrianvineyards.com now provides the answer to this question – with unprecedented simplicity and precision. Just type in the designation of origin or the Ried of your wine, and you’ll find all the information you’re looking for!

[Translate to English:] Das Bild zeigt zwei Personen auf einer Skipiste, die sich mit einem Glas Rotwein zuprosten.

Fabulous skiing and wine in Ski amadé

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Fabulous skiing and wine in Ski amadé

Discover this paradise for skiers and wine lovers.
In the Ski amadé resort, culinary and sporting pleasures combine to create a unique range of tastes and experiences. Follow the Ski amadé Enjoyment Ski Routes to discover culinary highlights and insider tips from the locals.

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[Translate to English:] Das Bild zeigt zwei Frauen, die an einer Bartheke sitzen und sich mit Weingläsern zuprosten.

Falstaff Restaurant recommendations

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Falstaff Restaurant recommendations

Discover the culinary delights of Austria’s ski resorts! When traditional Austrian fare is served alongside international delicacies in rustic ski huts or trendy wine bars, then you know you are in one of Austria’s culinary hotspots. Falstaff, Austria’s leading food, wine and lifestyle magazine, ensures that everyone finds their favourite restaurant.

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Greetings from Austria’s ski resorts

Calling all winter sports fans and gourmets! Our winter-design postcards are pretty cool – even if we do say so ourselves! These exclusive free postcards are bound to get you in the mood for the upcoming winter season. Simply download and send the digital cards to your loved ones, spreading the joys of winter and Austrian wine even further!

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The “joys of winter” Playlist


The “joys of winter” Playlist

This playlist ensures that your ears benefit from the joys of winter, too. After all, when you take a break to enjoy some Austrian wine, you have to have the right music to go with it! You’ll find all the best tracks for winter here on this Spotify playlist. Enjoy!

WINE IN MODERATION

According to the latest scientific evidence, a low-risk consumption of wine for healthy adults is considered to be:

  • For women: up to 2 drinks/units a day (the equivalent of up to 200 ml wine with 12.5 vol%)
  • For men: up to 3 drinks/units a day (the equivalent of up to 300 ml wine with 12.5 vol%)
  • No more than 4 drinks/units on any occasion

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