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"Wines of Austria" - Read up on this Special feature in Winestate Magazine, July / August edition 2016

24 June 2016

Austria's wine industry is looking to native grape varieties to regain its reputation as an international player in the wine world

In March, WINESTATE conducted the first significant Australian tasting of Austrian wines at the Adelaide Convention Centre in cooperation with the Austrian Wine Marketing Board .

One of the interesting features of Winestate’s tasting was the consistency of quality of both the gruner veltliner and riesling. While the style and taste of the 30 or so gruner veltliners and rieslings in the line-up varied depending on how the winemaker made the wine, as a Klassic or Reserve, the inherent flavor and quality of the wines was amazingly consistent.

The range of Austrian wines available in Australia is growing as more people become aware of them. There is also a small number of Australian wineries producing excellent wines from Austrian varieties, especially gruner veltliner. At present this focus is in the Adelaide Hills where wineries such as Hahndorf Hills, Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy, Eccentric Wine Company, Longview and The Pawn Wine Company, are all producing superb gruner. Then there is Canberra’s Lark Hill Winery which has won accolades in Austria for its gruner.

To download the full article by Dan Traucki, please click here [pdf, 1,076.6kb]. The review and results of the tasting can be downloaded here [pdf, 394.1kb].

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