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Glossary

The language of wine contains a wealth of meanings that are not all too familiar, particularly the technical interpretations. The glossary describes and offers an explanation to the most common terms.

unbalanced

A tasting term that refers to the unbalanced or unharmonious taste of a wine, often when the acidity or tannins are too sharp or dominant.

unclean

Refers to a slightly faulty wine, where the aromas do not seem clean.

unfiltered

High quality wines (particularly red wines) are not often filtered, thus preserving its taste and natural colour. To support the natural stabilisation of such wines, a longer maturation in oak is often recommended.

ungrafted vines
refers to vines that are planted on their original rootstocks

There are still some isolated places in Austria, where there are ungrafted vines that were not devastated by phylloxera. Inter-specific hybrids are also ungrafted vines.

unharmonious
describes an unbalanced wine lacking harmony

Often a description for youthful wines that are not yet approachable, or where the individual components (alcohol, acidity, tannin and residual sugar) appear unbalanced on the palate.

unpleasant lactic aroma

A wine fault that is often caused by an improper malolactic fermentation. The wine displays an unpleasant aroma of milk, butter, yoghurt or cheese.

unripe

An unripe wine with a grass-like character.

untypical aging note
untypical aging aroma

Regarded as a wine fault, UTA describes slightly musty, rapidly developed and non-expressive aromas. The probable causes are usually poor vine nourishment, vine stress or too high a yield.

vacuum evaporation
a method of concentrating must

This is a wine-making operation used to increase the concentration of the must, whereby water and grape juice is drawn out of the must. In a vacuum, water begins to evapourate at 25 °C to 30 °C, without having any negative effect on the aromas of the finished wine. This form of concentration (reverse osmosis) has been permitted in the EU for a number of years, and is already a practice employed in Austria as an alternative to chaptalization in red wine production. Vacuum evapouration is also a process used for the production of alcohol-free wine.

vanilla
sweet and spicy aroma and taste impression

An aroma usually related to oak barrel maturation.

varietal aromas
The virtues of wine, and the aromas that are reminiscent of varietal character.

e.g. stone fruit bouquet for Riesling, the rose petal fragrance in Traminer

vat
oak vat or cask

Alarge open-topped oak vessel or vat, usually used for red wine fermentation.

vegan

According to Austrian Wine Law, the indication ‘suitable for vegans’ or reference to belonging to a relevant association are permitted if no animal products (egg, milk, casein) have been used in production. The indication ‘vegan’ in connexion with the sales description or a ‘traditional’ representation (for example, ‘young vegan’) is not permitted.

velvety

A description of red wine with a soft, supple taste with harmonious tannins.

verjuice
the unfermented juice from harvested, yet unripe grapes, is known as Verjuice (or green juice)

Is used to carry the acidity in an array of recipies, a natural remedy, and is enjoying a revival as an alternative to vinegar.

vermouth

Refers to an aromatised wine with the bitter oil of the vermouth plant, often used as an aperitif.

vertical tasting
method of analysing and assessing wine, purely on the basis of using our perception of colour, aroma and taste

There are the following types of tastings, blind tastings, vertical tastings (different vintages from one wine), commented tastings, tastings where wine are rated in a competition, a wine quiz, and so on.

vine

The vine refers to both the scion, that is above ground (European quality variety), and the rootstock. Only the one year old vine wood can produce grapes. Older vines that give a lower yield, but guarantee a higher quality are particularly favoured.

vine breeding
The determined manipulation into the nature of a vine and intervening to result in reproduction.

Crossings always result in new cultivated vines.

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