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Austrian wines in Ireland

Small is beautiful – that is what best describes Austrian wines. Boutique wine growers cultivate their own, highly individual labels. There are no run-of-the mill wines produced in Austria. Each wine is special, a treat to be savoured. Austria is the happening place for wines right now and the best restaurants around the world have Austrian vintages on their wine lists. 

 What is it that makes Austrian wines so special? There are many reasons.

Wines have been cultivated in eastern and southern Austria for thousands of years. Vineyards are  part of the landscape, the culture and daily life. Typical Austrian grape varieties are Grüner Veltliner and Muskat among the whites and Zweigelt and Blaufränkisch among the reds.

The geological and climatic conditions in Austria are ideal for making authentic, distinctive wines with character and personality. Austrian vintners understand the importance of retaining traditional methods while embracing modern  processes. Recently a generational change has taken place in the sector with young people taking over the vineyards from their parents. Many of the younger wine growers have spent time working abroad in other  vineyards, learning  new techniques that they would later combine with their own traditions.The result has been an exciting and astonishing level of  innovation in the Austrian wine making scene.
 
Austrian white wines vary from  lively and  light-bodied to monumental and opulent. The reds can be charming and  fruity or full-bodied with long cellaring potential. A wide variety of enticing and elegant desert wines complete the picture. These are without doubt among the best in the world. What wine critics across the globe appreciate most  is that Austrian wines are exceptionally appetizing and pair wonderfully with food making Austrian wines a true drinking pleasure.
 
If you would like to try some new, delicious wines, please click here for a list of dealers, supermarkets and off-licenses around Ireland that stock Austrian wines:List of Austrian wine stockists [pdf, 112.5kb]
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