Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Austria is emerging as the new 'Australia' in the wine world.
Within the past year, Austrian wines have become the talk of the wine trade. Much of this is due to the diligent work of Ms.Stephanie Artner of the Austrian Trade Commisssion, who has sponsored numerous events focusing on the wines and foods of Austria.
Both trade and Press have been delighted with a new face on the scene. A few years ago Australia enmerged, then New Zealand and finally, Chile.
Now is the time for Austria to dominate America's sophisticated palate. The amazing wines may cost a little bit more than their predecessors, but the reward is in their structure.
Even with the worlds economic problems, Austrian wine sales have increased 10% for the first six months of 2009. That is a very positive number. The number means that the world has caught on to this trend and supports its existence.
Austria has four different wine regions. The largest is NIEDEROSTERREICH (Lower Austria) , which has rare varietals, as well as known ones, such as Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. The region is well known for Gruner Veltliner, as well.
BURENLAND is next in size and is well known for great whites, full bodied reds and sweet wines. The first designation of origin red wine was made Burgenland.
STEIRMARK (Styria) is the third wine growing region. It consists of three regions, each known for specific types of wine, ranging from volcanic terror to a tannin rich Wildbacher red.
WIEN (Vienna) is not only the capital, but grow some of the countries greatest wines.
The 51,000 hectacres represent 22 white wine varietals and 13 red varietals. 70% of the wines are white and 30% are red.
The Austrian wine cap carries the Official Banderole ( red and white) seal of Austrian quality wine (Qualitatswein). The red and white seal is brilliant, as one automatically identifies with Austrian wines visually.
Austria consumes 73% of the 2.5 million hectoliter production. 27% of the Qualitatswein wines are for export.
Purchasing Austrian wines should be easy, as most of the wines, red, white , sparkling or sweet will exceed expectations.
This is a list of some of my favorites:

Zweiglt 07' Weingut Elfenhof>family estate since 1642-deightful cherry aroma -biter and sweet

Imperial Red 06' Schloss Halbturn > 14% alcohol-blend of Cab/Melot/Cab Franc/Blaufrankisch
complex bouquet-elegant-oak-cherry-dark chocolate

Beerenauslese Weingut Hopler GMBH >cool climate sweet wine-11% alcohol-noble rot
concentrated sweet blend of 50% Saemling; 30% Chardonnay;20% Gruener Veltliner

Styrian Schilcher Sparkling Wine Brut 07' spicy,dry flavor-vineyard established in 1849

Hirsch 07' Gruner Veltliner Lamm (Kamptal) wonderful white wine with lots of depth

Berger Blauer Zweigelt 06' Leithen Vineyard (Kremstal) one of the best Zweigelt values

Brundlmayer 04' Cecile (Kamptal) Pinot Noir unusually delicious special Pinot Noir

Riesling Domaine Wachau 01' Smaragd Singerriedel Vineyard best Austrian Riesling available

All of the wines are a treat and the future of the next revolution in wine making.
Consider making Austrian wines a part of your life. Your guests and you will be pleased!!

Philip S. Kampe
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