Austrian Wine-Growing Regions – a Quick Summary

There are 4 major wine-growing regions in Austria:

  1. Niederösterreich (Lower Austria)
  2. Burgenland
  3. Steiermark (Styria)
  4. Wien (Vienna)

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Niederösterreich (Lower Austria)

  • Austria’s largest Qualitatswein wine growing region.
  • multiple wine styles produced from domestic grapes as well as international varieties.
  • can be divided into 3 rough climate zones: Weinviertel in the north, the Danube and tributaries to the west of Vienna, and Niederösterreich in the south-east.
  • 49% is planted to Grüner Veltliner.
  • There are 8 Qualitätswein wine-growing regions:
    • Weinviertel – Principal grape: Grüner Veltliner.
      • range of styles produced here are refreshing whites, fruity reds, and a selection of sweet wines.
    • Kamptal – Principal grapes: Grüner Veltliner, Riesling.
      • one of the most successful wine regions in Austria.
    • Kremstal – Principal Grapes: Grüner Veltliner, Riesling.
      • the area is known for spicy Grüner Veltliner and elegant, mineral-driven Rieslings – can be produced in fresh style and also as rich Reserve wines.
    • Wachau – Principal Grapes: Grüner Veltliner, Riesling.
      • the best vineyards here produce some of the world’s finest white wines, especially when made using Grüner Veltliner or Riesling.
      • has been declared a World Cultural Heritage site.
      • Wachau has opted out of the DAC system and instead uses terms Steinfeder (light, fresh, fruity and tangy with max 11.5% ABV), Federspiel (middleweight and elegant with 11.5% – 12.5% ABV) and Smaragd (richest and fullest-bodied with over 12.5% ABV).
    • Wagram – Principal Grapes: Grüner Veltliner, Riesling, Roter Veltliner.
    • Traisental – Principal Grapes: Grüner Veltliner, Riesling.
      • Austria’s newest region.
      • Grüner veltliner dominates in the Traisental more than in any other region in Austria, accounting for some 60 percent of acreage.
      • for a deeper dive into this region, read John Szabo’s article and Michael Godel’s article
    • Carnuntum – Principal grapes: Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch, Weissburgunder, Chardonnay, Grüner Veltliner.
    • Thermenregion – Principal Grapes: Zierfandler, Rotgipfler, Weissburgunder, Chardonnay, Sankt Laurent, Pinot Noir.
      • the north of the region is known for white wines and in the south red wine predominates.


  • One of Austria’s most important regions for red wine – together Blaufränkisch and Zweigelt make up 41% of vineyard area.
  • also produces complex whites and fine sweet wines.
  • there are 4 Qualitätswein wine-growing regions:
    • Eisenberg – Principal Grape: Blaufränksich.
      • Blaufränkisch with the protected designation of origin Eisenberg DAC are characterized by a particular mineral spiciness.
    • Leithaberg – Principal Grapes: Blaufränksich, Weissburgunder, Chardonnay
      • Leithaberg DAC wines can be red or white and always display the minerally, dynamic tension and vibrancy typical of this region.
    • Mittelburgenland – Principal Grape: Blaufränksich.
      • also known as Blaufränkischland due it being Austria’s key wine-growing region for this variety.
      • fruity, spicy, powerful wines – can be aged in large oak casks, used barriques or stainless steel tank.
    • Neusiedlersee – Principal Grapes: Welschriesling (sweet), Zweigelt.
      • synonymous with fruity, harmonious Zweigelt wines – can also be made in Reserve style.

Steiermark (Styria)

  • Fresh, brilliant, and elegant wines.
  • most widely planted grape is Sauvignon Blanc followed closely by Welschriesling.
  • Red grapes are Blauer Wildbacher and Zweigelt.
  • Vulkanland – Principal Grapes: Welschriesling, Weissburgunder, Sauvignon Blanc and Traminer.
    • vineyards stretch up the sides of extinct volcanoes, giving the landscape a truly unique character.
    • Sauvignon Blanc is the flagship variety when it comes tos Ortswein (“villages” wine), although Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris are also very important.
    • interesting red wines, primarily produced from Zweigelt.
  • Südsteiermark – Principal Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc, Muskateller, Weissburgunder, Chardonnay (known as Morillon).
    • best known for fresh, fragrant wines, especially those produced using Sauvignon Blanc, the region’s flagship variety.
  • Weststeiermark – Principal Grapes: Blauer Wildbacker, Sauvignon Blanc, Weissburgunder.
    • Schilcher rosé – zesty and acidic rosé that is the star of the region – vinified from Blauer Wildbacker – the predominant local variety.
    • also known for polished whites from numerous grape varieties.

Wien (Vienna)

  • Vineyards in the city – play a key role in the local economy and help preserve the green belt that surrounds the city.
  • Viennese state law stipulates that all existing vineyards must continue to be cultivated as such, thereby protecting valuable viticultural land from real estate speculation.
  • Gemischter Satz (a field blend of white grapes) is considered the most regionally typical wine of the Wien region – to be Wiener Gemischter Satz DAC, at least three white Qualitätswein grape varieties must be interplanted together in a vineyard within Wien – the greatest proportion must not exceed 50% and the third largest proportion must exceed 10% – 39% of vineyard area is planted for Gemischter Satz.

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