A picture shows a view of Wachau
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7 Elements

Austria’s wines are now highly prized both by wine experts and wine lovers all around the world. There is a distinctive character common to all these wines which should be emphasised, based on seven factors. Read more


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Climate & Soil

The origin of a wine is probably the most fundamental quality factor. The term “terroir” has become a much discussed slogan in recent years, and opinions differ on the question of “what is terroir?”. Read more


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In an increasing terroir-orientated wine production, the influences of soil and microclimate, as well as weather conditions and vegetation period are gaining more significance. Read more


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Grape Varieties

In Austria, there are 40 grape varieties – 26 white and 14 red – officially approved for the production of Qualitätswein (quality wine). Read more


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Wine-growing Regions

The federal states of Niederösterreich, Burgenland and Steiermark are defined as so-called “generic wine-growing regions”, there are also 17 “specific wine-growing regions”, including Wien, and the area Bergland with five wine-growing regionsRead more.


A picture shows vineyards near Langenlois in the Kamptal winegrowing region.
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Strategy of origin marketing

The category Qualitätswein stands at the centre of the Austrian wine industry’s marketing strategy. Read more


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Austrian Sekt

Sparkling wine (in Austria called “Sekt”) is a perfect accompaniment to various events during the year and it goes far beyond New Year’s and birthdays. Sometimes also the small moments of life have to be celebrated. The diversity of Austrian Sekt offers a product for every occasion. Read more

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Wine Styles

The diversity of landscapes in Austria’s wine country is reflected in the multifoliate nature of its many distinctive styles of wine. Read more

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Wine & Dine

Austrian wines offer the perfect accompaniment to an array of dishes and food styles, from Central European to Mediterranean cuisine, right through to Asian and Oriental dishes, Ethnic and fusion food types. Read more



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Environmental consciousness

An overview of the different systems of environmental conscious viticulture in Austria. Read more

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Grape vines existed well over sixty million years ago. During the post glacial warm period, the vines made their way along the River Danube up towards the north-western parts of Europe. Read more


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Wine Law

Austrian Wine Law is integrated into the hierarchical structure of EU wine legislation. The highest level of EU wine legislation is the EU Wine Market Regulation, which was instituted by the European Council of Agriculture. Read more

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Wine Tourism

“Anyone who goes on a journey will have quite a tale to tell...” This quote from Matthias Claudius holds much truth, particularly for anyone who chooses Austria as a holiday destination. Read more


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The language of wine uses a lot of terms that some might not be familiar with. The most important ones are explained in the Glossary. Read more



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