🇦🇹 Boutique, Beautiful & Terroir-driven : The Wine of Austria!
Austria is not only about the history of the Habsburgs, the Sachertorte and the Viennese waltz; there is also the wine.
Excellent wine, as I discovered during a standout visit to the country two years ago, where a day-trip to Kamptal become the highlight of a spectacular five-day visit.
If asked to describe Austrian wine in two words I’d go for ’boutique’ and ‘beautiful’. Add terroir- driven (soil, microclimate, temperatures and vegetation), and that perhaps best sums it up.
Winemaking in Austria is very old – the Cistercian monks are credited with bringing wine production to the country.
Over the centuries, wine became part of daily life, and the quaint, picturesque Heurigen or wine bars exists even today.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, first phylloxera then the Protected content scandal decimated the industry, but in the 30 years or so since, the Austrian wine industry has risen like a Phoenix from the ashes to recreate itself, newer, improved, bolder and finer.
Let us take you through a journey of my selection of
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