Austria presently has 17 specified winegrowing regions:
- 8 in the generic winegrowing region Niederösterreich: Wachau, Kremstal, Kamptal, Traisental, Wagram, Weinviertel, Carnuntum, Thermenregion
- 5 in the generic winegrowing region Burgenland: Neusiedlersee, Leithaberg, Rosalia, Mittelburgenland, Eisenberg
- 3 in the generic winegrowing region Steiermark: Vulkanland Steiermark, Südsteiermark, Weststeiermark
- Vienna is a special case, as it is both a generic winegrowing region, and a specified winegrowing area. The recent introduction of the Wiener Gemischter Satz DAC is now joined by a wide diversity of "Qualitätswein Wien" – Quality wine from Vienna. Effective as of 2011, Landwein is marketed as "Weinland".
All specific winegrowing regions strive toward demonstrating robust and distinctive flavour profiles with their regionally typical wines of origin. In the first step, focal varieties and regionally typical styles are defined. This accomplished, the region can – via the Regional and National Wine Committee and finally the Agricultural Ministry – apply for DAC status, which then becomes law by means of a minesterial directive.