Wine Enthusiast -Niederosterreich, Austria - ""Vivid pear-drop aromas on the nose immediately signal freshness. The palate continues in light, easy and juicy fashion, showcasing green pear and bright lemon on a light, dry, slightly spritzy body.""
Viticulture in Austria dates as far back as 700 B.C. The ancient Celts made wine for rituals and for daily consumption, a tradition continued by the conquering Romans and later revitalized by Charlemagne after years of neglect. Austrian viticulture was also influenced by Cistercian monks from Burgundy, who came to Austria in the Middle Ages, bringing grapes and their winemaking skills.
Modern Austrian winemaking has been marked by a concerted legislative initiative to promote quality. For generations, the country’s winemakers made Austria’s unique grapes into traditional wines for local consumption and bulk sales abroad. Today, more internationally traveled and educated winemakers are making state-of-the-art, high-quality wines that bring Austria worldwide recognition.
Grüner Veltliner is the signature grape of Austria, where it takes up about 30 percent of the country’s vineyards. Grüner Veltliner wines offer light and refreshing flavors of citrus, stone fruit and flowers and a distinctive note of white pepper. While most Grüner Veltliner wines are best enjoyed young, some selections from Austrian wine regions areas east of Vienna (Wachau, Kremstal and Kamptal) are more complex, offering mineral notes and the ability to age and develop in the bottle.