Although Austria doesn’t have a long history of producing red wines, the future looks extremely promising. This positive outlook is primarily driven by the classic style of wine matured in wooden casks. These wines display typical Austrian fruitiness as well as depth of flavour without being too high in alcohol – in other words, regionally typical wines that are elegant and great fun to drink.

Zweigelt naturally plays a leading role in the success of red wines, as it grows well in nearly all of Austria’s wine-growing regions, particularly Neusiedlersee and Carnuntum. The latter has made an international name for itself over the past few years with its top-quality red wines. Blaufränkisch wines, especially from Mittelburgenland, have also come to display remarkable individuality. Specialities such as Sankt Laurent and the delicate Blauburgunder (Pinot Noir) are increasingly gaining in popularity with consumers and winegrowers alike. Other typical Austrian wines such as Blauer Portugieser and Blauburger complete the spectrum of varieties being produced. The youthful aromas and charming fruitiness of these red wines work in harmony with Italian pasta dishes and spiced casseroles, while the velvety tannins come into their own when paired with roast poultry, game, rabbit and boiled beef. Similarly, these wines are the perfect accompaniment to cheese, especially semi-hard and hard varieties.

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