It is often said that vines have been cultivated in Austria for some 4,000 years but that illustrious history was almost extinguished by the "anti-freeze scandal" of 1985 which destroyed the reputation of Austrian wines overnight. It has been a long road back, but the crisis moved Austrian winemaking definitively towards high quality production.
The result has been that Austrian wines from traditionally-worked vineyards that have been cultivated with passion and care and made with enormous diligence now produce some astonishing wines that are often almost unknown outside Austria.
The most well-known Austrian wines are the dry white wines made from the Grüner Veltliner grape, but the Neusiedler See also produces extraordinary pudding wines too. Powerful reds are made from Blaufränkisch, Pinot noir and native varieties such as Zweigelt. Our Austrian selections cover the whole range, with the wines of Weingut Leth in the Wagram (or Donauland as it used to be known) and Birgit Braunstein's wonderful collection from the extraordinary Neusiedler See amongst our favourites from any terroir.