Even given the great diversity of Austria’s wines, they tend to exhibit a consistent characteristic that distinguishes them from those of other nations: an aromatic freshness, coupled with complete physiologic ripeness of the grapes. There is simply no other place on Earth where refreshing wines are so concentrated and substantial, or where the opulent wines exhibit such grace.

A map shows the main climate zones
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Of course, there are many regional differences stemming from the diversity of soil types and varying microclimatic conditions. However, Austria can be divided into five main climate zones (the Danube region, Weinviertel, Pannonian region, Steiermark, Bergland), which affect the core character of the wines produced there – and three of these climate zones intersect at Vienna.

European climate influences

  1. Continental Pannonian climate

  2. Moderate Atlantic climate

  3. Cool air from the north

  4. Illyrian Mediterranean climate

A picture shows a map of Austria with the climate influences
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The Danube Region

From the Wachau in the west to Vienna, Grüner Veltliner and Riesling with firm structure are the dominant expressions. These wines bear the influence of warm Pannonian air wafting across the Wagram into the side-valleys of the Danube (Strassertal, KamptalKremstalTraisental...) and finally through the narrow valley of the Wachau, carved deeply into the primordial rock of the Bohemian Massif by the Danube River over countless thousands of years.
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The Weinviertel

The Weinviertel, Austria’s northernmost winegrowing region, is home to the ‘peppery’ Grüner Veltliner. Because of its great size and clearly established boundaries – the Manhartsberg in the west, the Danube to the south and the Austrian/Czech border extending from the north to the east – the Weinviertel, with its numerous microclimatic and geological differences is a law unto itself.
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The pannonian region

Southeast of the Austrian capital Vienna, the continuous influences of the warm Pannonain climate help define the character of the wines. In contrast to other areas, a fuller, rounded sense of body characterises wines from Carnuntum, the Thermenregion and Burgenland. The Pannonian area is where Austria shows off its prowess in red wine production, and the full-bodied Zweigelt is dominant from Carnuntum to the Seewinkel.
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The Steiermark

The Steiermark, or Styria, has a very special culinary identity, with wine as its highlight. The typically Austrian freshness reaches its apotheosis in the landscapes of the hilly countryside. Nowhere else in the world are there wines of such smooth precision, aromatic brilliance and robust piquancy.
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Although the wine industry in Austria is concentrated in the two major winegrowing areas Weinland (the Danube area, Weinviertel and the Pannonian area) and Steirerland (the winegrowing regions in the Steiermark), we also find vineyards scattered throughout Bergland (in the federal states of Carinthia, Upper Austria , Salzburg, Tyrol and Vorarlberg). The character of these wines has been influenced substantially by the Atlantic climate and the nearby Alps.
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