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Wine in Austria: The History

For the first time an academically substantiated and comprehensive volume on the history of viticulture in Austria, from prehistoric times to the present day, will be available as of December this year. And there is an individual chapter devoted to the life and work of Dr Friedrich Zweigelt.

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  • ​​​​​Publication date: January 2020
  • Published by Wilhelm Klinger, Mag. and Professor Dr Karl Vocelka
  • Pre-orders: Online shop of the Austrian Wine Institute
  • Authors: 30+
  • Size: 17 x 24 cm
  • Cover: Hardcover

The long history of Austrian wine contains many facets: grape varieties, cultivation and enology, viticulture through the ages, and the evolution of Austrian winegrowing regions since the demarcation of the borders following the World War I. What role is played by the trade and taxation of Austrian wine? What is its ritualistic role in religion and traditional customs? This beautiful volume represents the first in-depth, scholarly look at the historical and cultural significance of wine, with its turbulent history, drinking culture, and depiction in literature. In the process, problematic phases are brought to light as well, such as the period from 1938 to 1945 and the wine scandal of 1985. Finally, the book also documents the new role of Austrian wine in the global wine cosmos. Along with a team of over forty authors, wine expert Willi Klinger and historian Karl Vocelka reveal the intoxicating secrets of this unparalleled cultural treasure.


The book "Wine in Austria: The History" can be pre-ordered in the online-shop of the Austrian Wine Institute.


The following texts are extracts of two chapters in the book "Wine in Austria: The History" and can be downloaded here:

"'An active spirit gets a footing everywhere.' The Life and Times of Austrian Grape-Breeder and Viticultural Modernist Friedrich Zweigelt (1888–1964).", Dr. Daniel Deckers

"The effect on viticulture and on wine consumption created by the collapse of the Habsburg Monarchy in 1918 and by the drawing of new borders following the Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye in 1919", Mag Michaela and Prof Dr Karl Vocelka