Austria produces first-class sparkling wines – a tradition that dates back to the middle of the 19th century. These wines are perfect for a classic aperitif and also display wonderful versatility when paired with a great many dishes.
Alongside Klassik-quality Sekt Austria (PDO), there are a growing number of Pétillant Naturel sparkling wines – “Pét-Nat” for short – on offer, which are produced by the méthode ancestrale. These wines often convey a very pure flavour of fruit, have a fine acidity and are reminiscent of good ciders. Thanks to their modest carbon dioxide content, longer maturation on the lees and lower alcohol level, they are extremely refreshing. Zesty Schilcher Sekt from Weststeiermark is a popular sparkling wine that occupies its own market niche.
All of these sparkling wines work well as an aperitif. Drunk alongside food, the carbon dioxide enhances flavours. Well-established culinary pairings for dry sparkling wines include smoked foods, e.g. salmon or fresh-water fish such as trout or char, as well as canapés.