Classic Pinot Noir originates from Burgundy. the cultivation of Austrian Pinot Noir is still in its infancy, yet there is an upsurge of some great examples being produced in many wine-growing regions, with increasingly promising results.
Pinot Noir originated in Burgundy and spread throughout the world – including nearly all Austrian wine-growing regions.
SIGNIFICANCE & CONDITIONS
The variety is enjoying increasing importance in Austria. It requires a good, early-season vineyard with warm soils that allow deep rooting and ensure a good supply of water. Pinot Noir is extremely susceptible to botrytis and chlorosis.
AREA UNDER VINE IN AUSTRIA
(AS A PROPORTION OF THE VARIETY’S TOTAL AREA)
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE WINE
Grown in the perfect location, Pinot Noir grapes – if allowed to ripen fully – can be turned into high-quality wines by a skilled winegrower, despite the fact that this sensitive variety can pose a challenge in both the vineyard and the cellar. It is typically pale in colour with a characteristically subtle aroma displaying notes of red berries (strawberry, raspberry, sour cherry), forest soil and dried plums.
Source varietal specifications: Höhere Bundeslehranstalt und Bundesamt für Wein- und Obstbau (Federal College and Federal Office for Viticulture, Oenology and Fruit Growing) in Klosterneuburg, “Austria’s Qualitätswein grape varieties and their clones“ („Österreichische Qualitätsweinrebsorten und deren Klone“), 2nd, reviewed edition, September 2015
Source area under vine: Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism according to IACS (as at 31 May 2022)