Austria is a relaxed country with an unmatched quality of life. This is one of the key reasons why Austria has become a globally-renowned tourism destination.
Many holidaymakers view Austria as the most hospitable country in Europe. This is especially true for its picturesque winegrowing regions, which cover about 44,900 hectares: the Wachau and the classic regions in Niederösterreich (Lower Austria) either side of the Danube; Steiermark (Styria) and its spectacular ranges of hills; Burgenland with the natural paradise Lake Neusiedl; and Wien (Vienna) - the world's only major winegrowing capital.
And the character of the wines is just as individual as the character of the regions they hail from. In addition to the climate, the soils are a key factor behind this individuality: crystalline stone terraces or huge loess layers in Niederösterreich, calcareous soils in northern Burgenland and Südsteiermark or volcanic soils in Kamptal and Vulkanland Steiermark. This means that, despite being a small wine producing nation, Austria offers a wide range of different, interesting wines which nevertheless all share an amazing tension between ripeness and freshness.