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Austria’s wines are now highly prized both by wine experts and wine lovers all around the world. As artisanal products crafted by winemakers with a special link to their land, they consistently demonstrate their potential at international blind tastings. There is a distinctive tension common to all these wines which should be emphasised, based on seven factors.

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1. The Climate
Dynamic contrasts

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1. The Climate
Dynamic contrasts

Austria’s unique geographic setting is the most important factor behind the exceptional quality of its wines.  Read more

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2. The Land
Beautiful landscapes, challenging soils

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2. The Land
Beautiful landscapes, challenging soils

Austria is a relaxed country that offers an unparalleled quality of life. This is one of the key reasons why Austria has become a globally renowned destination for tourism. Read more

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3. The Grapes
Mastery in both native and international varieties

Austrian Wine / Robert Herbst

3. The Grapes
Mastery in both native and international varieties

Internationally successful varieties such as Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Gelber Muskateller, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet all ripen in particular regions and vineyards in Austria, producing distinctive wines with finesse and regional typicity. Read more

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4. The Culture
Long-established traditions and the young, bold generation

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4. The Culture
Long-established traditions and the young, bold generation

Wine has been a part of Austrian culture for over two thousand years. Roman cellars, medieval villages, baroque monasteries and castles are all part of the typical landscape of the wine-growing regions. Read more

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5. The Environment
High performance and environmental awareness

Austrian Wine / Robert Herbst

5. The Environment
High performance and environmental awareness

Austrians love nature and, as a result, they treat it with the greatest of respect. Environmental protection, water purity, healthy and GMO-free food, biodiversity and the efficient use of energy and materials are all high on the agenda in this country. Read more

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6. Value for Money
High quality, fair prices

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6. Value for Money
High quality, fair prices

Family-run estates dominate the Austrian viticulture scene, which is why the industry’s focus is not on mass production. Read more

[Translate to English:] Ein Bild zeigt ein Schnitzel und Wein.

7. Flavour
Ideal pairings, from schnitzel to sushi

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7. Flavour
Ideal pairings, from schnitzel to sushi

Austrian wines feature a concentrated body and climate-driven freshness, which makes them an excellent match for an exceptionally varied range of cooking styles and cuisines, including Central European, Mediterranean and Asian, as well as ethnic foods and fusion cooking. Read more

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