Austrian Winemaking

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

austria wineryAustria has a long history of winemaking that dates back to the 12th century. Because of this Austria has many wine varieties and styles. During the 1990s, the country has implemented a strict wine classification system that is similiar to Italy and France. The wines are categorized as follows:

Tafelwein which is the lowest quality, termed a "jug" wine.

Landewein another jug wine, but of slightly better quality.

Qualitaswein. A wine from a specific region, but also using authorised grape varieties.

Kabinett.  Of similar quality to Qualitaswein, but the grapes are further ripened.

Pradikatswein. Slightly better quality than Qualitaswein, but these wines are all officially inspected, and have a corresponding reference number and seal. They are also graded in six orders of ripeness, from the least, Spatlese, through Auslese, Eiswein, Beerenaulese, Ausbruch, to Trockenbeerenauslese.

Austria like many of its European neighbors has primarily been known for its white wine. Fortunately many of its wineries has also been producing many fine reds.