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Austria Wine back in fashion – Take it seriously

Wine Tasting in Austria

Gruner-wine is also good with food, just about everything – and let food do the talking

Huber is a proud producer of Gruner Veltliner wine in Austria
Huber is a proud producer of Gruner Veltliner wine in Austria

WINE FROM AUSTRIA: Wine has always been ruled by fashion — just like a pair of jeans and shades of lipstick. Or like Austria Wine in general and more exact the proud country´s wine, Gruner Veltliner. More than twenty years ago, this white wine came out of nowhere, like a stranger comes to town. Then after some years, Austria´s premier white was dismissed as a passing trend. Now it´s back – wine writers, sommeliers and in-crowd consider Gruner Veltliner as classic. The future for this green variety of Veltliner grapes looks promising.

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Gruner wine Austria

The name Grüner in Austrian language simply means green. The bright green fruit flavours have led to this resurgence in its popularity. Most of Gruner Veltliner wine is unpredictable, sometimes rick and aromatic, sometimes crisp, often spicy, and always lively without being too fruity.

Markus Huber runs the Huber Winery in Reichersdorf, Austria
Markus Huber runs the Huber Winery in Reichersdorf, Austria

Red, white and green wine

While Riesling is a German Rhine region aromatic white grape variety, Gruner Veltliner is a citrusy wine from Austria made on green grapes. It´s a lovely wine to drink on its own or enjoy it with your fish dinner

Austria has elegant reds, too. St Laurent is similar to Pinot Noir, with delicate perfume and soft texture. Blaufränkisch and Zweigelt produce fuller styles and more of oak adding gentle spice.

Gruner Veltliner match a Weiner Schnitzel - the traditional Austrian dish
Gruner Veltliner match a Weiner Schnitzel – the traditional Austrian dish

Wine and Austrian food

Gruner-wine is also good with food, just about everything, from fried chicken to sushi and spring vegetables. Even nicely with asparagus, which notoriously don´t get along with wine. This wine lets the food do the talking.

Weiner Schnitzel is a traditional Austrian dish made with thinly sliced veal cutlet coated with egg, crusted and then fried in butter or oil. The acidity and spice in Grüner Veltliner match every bite of the rich meat.

Asian food such as Springroll match white wine from Austria
Asian food such as Springroll match white wine from Austria

Wine tasting in Vienna

Five years ago, American travel agents chose Austria as “Europe’s Best Wine Travel Destination”. “Travelling to the wine country and enjoying such a very special way of life correspond exactly to the spirit of our guests,” Petra Stolba, director of the Austrian tourist office, said.

Normally in spring, more that 1000 wine cellars in Niederösterreich, wine is ready to be discovered. On the menu; Vintage wines, activities, typical culinary treats and various expressions of culture.
And don´t forget Vienna, remains unique as the only capital with a presence of viticulture within the city limits. Combine wine with the famous Viennese cuisine, and you have the crown on any stopover in the Danuban metropolis.
For wine tasting tour and visits in Austria, find out more at Wine Tourism.

The Family Saahs testing their wine made at Nikolaihof in Wachau
The Family Saahs testing their wine made at Nikolaihof in Wachau

Living history and tradition

“Treat and take care of yourself” is the motto of Christine Saahs at the Nikolaihof in Wachau. This is Austria’s oldest winery with a history dating back almost 2000 years. No herbicides, fertilisers, pesticides, or synthetic sprays are used in the vineyards. The grapes are harvested by hand, fermented without artificial yeast and stored in big, old Austrian oak casks up to 20 years.

In her cookbook for body, mind and soul, Christine Saahs unites practical tips and tricks on how to keep or regain our health, use food efficiently and protect our soil for a healthy future worth living!

The organic certified Wine Tavern offers rooms, charming atmosphere under the linden tree, and tours through this historical estate. Austrian Wine is back in business – you should take it seriously.

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Gudmund Lindbaek
Gudmund Lindbaek
Journalist founded King Goya a few years back. Meeting people, local food and engaging stories are my passion. I plan for ambitious once-in-a-lifetime trips. My delight is the prospect of Future Travels: Longer, Slower, Farther! I just want a tiny slice of adventure to be alive, and then excited to return home.

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