Although Austria hasn't had a long history of producing red wines, the future looks extremely promising. This is thanks to wines with fruit-driven aromatics – typical Austrian aromas; wines that are classically styled as well as matured in barriques; wines with depth, yet without too much alcohol; in short, wines that reflect typicity of origin, that are elegant and truly enjoyable to drink.
Zweigelt plays a leading role, as it is cultivated in nearly all of Austria's wine-growing regions. Carnuntum, for example, has made an international name for itself over the past few years with its distinctive, high quality red wines. And in Mittelburgenland, several grape varieties are grown, with Blaufränkisch in particular displaying remarkable independence and individuality. Specialities such as St. Laurent and the sensitive Blauburgunder are increasingly gaining in popularity with consumers as well as winegrowers. Other typical Austrian wines, such as Blauer Portugieser and Blauburger, complete the range of varieties here in Austria. The youthful aromas and charming fruitiness of the red wines delightfully complement Italian pasta dishes and spicy casseroles, while velvety tannins excel with roast fowl, rabbit and cooked beef. Similarly, these wines are perfect with mainly matured cheese, such as semi-hard cheese and hard cheese.