Austrian Wine Regions

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007 at 12:00 am

austrian vineyardAustria is a small wine country with 4 wine growing regions and 19 wine growing areas.

The 1999 amendment to the Wine Law created a new wine-growing region called "Weinland Austria". The advantage lies in the fact that wines from Niederösterreich and Burgenland, a large area even by European standards, can now be used for the production of a vin de pays called "Weinland Austria". The 2002 amendment the wine region Steiermark is now called "Steirerland".

There are currently 4 wine regions and 19 wine areas defined in Austria.
The four wine regions are defined as

Weinland Österreich (the provinces of Lower Austria and Burgenland – 91,79 %),

Steirerland (the province of Styria – 6,77%),

Wien (Vienna – 1,4 %) , and

Bergland Österreich (the provinces Upper Austria, Salzburg, Carinthia, Tyrol, and Vorarlberg – 0,04 %).

The wine areas are:

Niederösterreich (the province of Lower Austria), which geographically includes the wine areas

Weinviertel,
Wachau,
Kremstal,
Kamptal,
Traisental,
Donauland (Region Wagram und Klosterneuburg),
Carnuntum, and
Thermenregion;

Burgenland, which geographically includes the wine areas

Neusiedlersee
Neusiedlersee-Hügelland
Mittelburgenland, and
Südburgenland;

Steiermark, which geographically includes the wine areas

Südoststeiermark
Südsteiermark
Weststeiermark;
and Wien.