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European Union wine subsidies favour the bigger wine producing countries

New research has revealed that when it comes to handing out subsidies and support it it some of Europe’s wealthiest and most established wine countries that get more better than countries you might think are more in demand. A new study published in the Journal of Wine Economics, shows its the EU’s riches countries that receive […]

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Wohlmuth Südsteiermark

Gerhard Wohlmuth oversees what is one of southern Styria’s larger quality estates. The 60 ha of vineyards include some leading sites planted to more than a dozen varieties, 70% white. These are the real stars, including two starkly contrasting Sauvignons. Steinriegel comes from very steep schist slopes, is mostly fermented in stainless steel and has […]

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Domäne Wachau Wachau

This Wachau co-op with around 600 growers produces some of the most readily available and affordable examples of Grüner Veltliner and Riesling from the Wachau. While the wines are not at the same level as the very best private estates, standards are nonetheless quite impressive. Volume examples are released under the Wachau Klassik label and […]

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Velich Neusiedlersee

From Apetlon in the Neusiedlersee, a short distance from the Hungarian border, the Velich brothers make Austria’s finest Chardonnay. Tiglat is a single vineyard example, 100% barrique-fermented and aged (50% new oak), that combine’s depth and richness with real poise and elegance. It is neither too ripe nor too oaky or leesy as some Austrian […]

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Petra Unger Kremstal

Lately helped by her brother Axel, Petra Unger has been running this moderately large (40 ha) Kremstal estate since 1999. The vineyards incorporate those leased by her father from the Benedictine Abbey of Gottweig in 1987. Approachable and easy drinking wines are made under the Q label. While other varieties make a significant contribution, including […]

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Ernst Triebaumer Neusiedlersee-Hügelland

Ernst Triebaumer (or ET) is one of the best-known names of Burgenland. From a total of 16 ha of vineyard, he and son Herbert are responsible for a wide range of styles. What is made in a given vintage depends to some extent on the climatic conditions. Whites include Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc as well […]

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Tement Südsteiermark

One of the standard-bearers for southern Styria, Manfred Tement makes some superbly balanced and expressive whites, the majority from 45 ha of estate vineyards. Beyond a range of sound, varietally pure Steirische Klassik basics, he makes some very good Chardonnay (Morillon) and at times brilliant Sauvignon. The latter from Grassnitzberg vineyards (limestone) has strength and […]

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Heidi Schröck Neusiedlersee-Hügelland

Heidi Schröck achieves the same heights with sweet wines that other female Austrian winemakers do with dry whites or reds (see EHN, EICHINGER, PRIELER and UNGER). Her Ruster Ausbruchs are very good indeed – pure, spicy and concentrated but elegant too. The composition varies but can include Furmint, Welschriesling, Weissburgunder, Grauburgunder and Sauvignon. A wonderfully […]

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Schloss Gobelsburg Kamptal

This ancient estate still belongs to a Cistercian monastery and the castle itself was built in the early 18th century. Under the winemaking direction of Michael Moosbrugger, with consultancy from Willi BRÜNDLMAYER since 1996, the wines have made amazing progress over recent vintages. 35 ha of vineyards give both Grüner Veltliner and Riesling that are […]

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Salomon-Undhof Kremstal

This estate has remained in the same family since 1792. Bertold Salomon returned to take up the mantle from his older brother Erich in 2002. Von Stein Grüner Veltliner comes from two small plots of eroded rocky soils producing a wine of lovely minerality and intensity that starts out quite austere. Another fine Grüner comes […]

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Rudi Pichler Wachau

Rudi Pichler’s wines are meant to be different, aiming for greater concentration and structure as well as ripe, intense fruit flavours. The use of indigenous yeast and higher fermentation temperatures can add an almost exotic quality to the riper styles. Yet the balance is excellent with good definition and minerality. There is real strength and […]

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F-X Pichler Wachau

Franz Xaver Pichler is acclaimed by many to be the Wachau’s finest producer and it’s hard to dispute given the extremely high quality in his top Smaragd Riesling and Grüner Veltliner of great extraction and concentration. Certainly no effort is spared in maximising the quality potential from 7.5 ha of vineyards. The Loibner Berg is […]

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R & A Pfaffl Weinviertel

Weinviertel is the little known region in the north-eastern corner of Austria, north of Vienna. Roman Pffafl’s 53 ha, spread over 10 villages, actually lie (mostly) just outside of Vienna (and the Wien wine zone). Now working with his son, who is also called Roman, he has proved what is possible here with particularly good […]

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Anita & Hans Nittnaus Neusiedlersee

Reds take centre-stage at this 25 ha family-run estate that produces the wines as naturally as possible. Zweigelt and Blaufränkisch are the most widely planted varieties and form the basis of the regular blends. The elegant Heideboden is the principal estate wine and can also include St-Laurent, Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah […]

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Lagler Wachau

Almost half this 12.5 ha Wachau estate is planted to Grüner Veltliner and a quarter to Riesling. There are fine examples of each, both Federspiel and Smaragd, from leading sites. Particularly good is Riesling from Ried Steinborz (from 40–50-year-old vines) with a spicy component to its deep, stylish fruit character. Beyond the good vineyard-specific Grüners […]

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Lackner-Tinnacher Südsteiermark

Fritz Tinnacher’s 17 ha of vines run up and down slopes in the very south of Southern Styria, just north of the border with Slovenia. There is good quality throughout the range, especially in the best wines from the Eckberg and Steinbach vineyards. Sauvignon is good even in a basic Steireiche Klassik bottling but significantly […]

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Kracher Neusiedlersee

The sweet wines of the late Alois Kracher are some of the finest going, not just Austria’s best but among the top examples made anywhere. The family continues to work together to produce consistently outstanding wines, making the most of the favourable conditions for botrytis enrichment afforded by Lake Neusiedl and surrounding small lakes (known […]

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Jurtschitsch Sonnhof Kamptal

This traditional family estate, now under the stewardship of Alwin and Stefanie Jurtschitsch, is run along ecological principles and with parcels in some of Kamptal’s top sites, is making excellent progress, now producing wines of a quality close to the top tier of Wachau/Kamptal dry whites. In the vineyards particular attention is paid to reducing […]

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