Mittelburgenland Austrian Wine
The soil here is heavier clay and a greater proportion of red Austrian wine is made. The excellent dry reds are full-bodied, powerful, tannic, and made from Fränkisch and Zweigelt.
Very successful efforts to age this Austrian wine in small wooden casks (barriques) have been made. Beside the reds there are also reasonable Welsch Rieslings and Weiss Burgunders made here.
Südburgenland Austrian Wine
Südburgenland is Austria’s smallest wine region. The wines here reflect the outstanding beauty of the idyllic landscape. Very powerful reds are made from Fränkisch and Zweigelt grapes grown on hills of loam, clay, and sand, and a few good Autstrian whites are produced from Welsch Riesling and Muskat Ottonel.
Süd-Oststeiermark Austrian Wine
This fairly large Austrian area lies to the east of Graz. The soil is a mixture of clay and volcanic rock and the climate conditions are very beneficial (hot and wet). Very acceptable white Austrian wines are made here from Welsch Riesling, Weiss Burgunder, Traminer, Rulander, Rhine Riesling, and Morillon (Chardonnay).
West-Steiermark Austrian Wine
The western part of Styria is smaller than Süd-Oststeiermark and lies to the west of Graz. The region’s speciality is very fresh and fruity rosé wines with blackcurrant bouquet and taste called Schilcher, made from Blauer Wildbacher. The best wines hail from vineyards planted on gneis and slate.
Südsteiermark Austrian Wine
The pretty undulating green landscape of southern Styria is reminiscent of Tuscany in Italy. The wines from Welsch Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Morillon (Chardonnay), and Muskateller are of great class and compete with the best wines from Wachau.
Because of the small scale of the local Austrian wine industry, the emphasis is wholly on making wines of quality and authenticity. The mainly young growers have great plans for the future. A breakthrough into international markets must soon be a possibility.