Interview with an Importer: Daniel Hubbard of Domaine Select Wines

Austrian wines have exploded on to the wine scene in the past few years which can often leave unfamiliar consumers confused and overwhelmed by the plethora of Grüner Veltiner and Blaufränkisch wines – many organic, most from small, single vineyard plantings. One of the best resources Austrian wine consumers can turn to are those that…


Featured Wine Region: The Weinviertel

Responsible for 33% of Austria’s vineyard area, the Weinviertel is one of Austria’s most recognized regions as it became the country’s first classfied DAC in 2003 based upon the 2002 vintage. The Weinviertel is most famously known for its Gruener Veltliner wines. Although the designated style of wine – pale yellow to pale green-yellow in…


Austrian Wine in Scottsdale, AZ!

On the whole, most of the wine bars feature locally made wine, or generic selections – and don’t think we haven’t taken the opportunity to delve into a margarita or two. But last night, something completely unexpected happened. We wandered into a speakeasy style wine bar in the Old Town district of Scottsdale, AZ, Kazimierz,…


Spotlight on a Wine Region: The Traisental

The Traisental region of Austria is found in the Niederösterreich section of Austria. Named a DAC in 2006 classifying its Gruener Veltliner and Riesling wines, the Traisental is known for white wines with “backbone and finesse.” Despite this classification, the Traisental is one of Austria’s smallest wine growing regions covering only 790 hectares with vine….


Interview with an Importer: Michael Nelson & Savio Soares of Savio Soares Selections

Austrian wines have exploded on to the wine scene in the past few years which can often leave unfamiliar consumers confused and overwhelmed by the plethora of Grüner Veltiner and Blaufränkisch wines – many organic, most from small, single vineyard plantings. One of the best resources Austrian wine consumers can turn to are those that…


The 2010 Vintage – Hitting the shore

As we’ve told you in the past, the 2010 vintage was, unfortunately, of low yield, but fortunately the quality of the wines was high. Well, after a few months in their fermentation vats, some of the 2010 vintage is starting to come our way. What we’ve come across so far is a few delectable rosé…


Austrian Wine Posts Record Value Despite Drop in Quantity

The Austrian Wine sector enjoyed a positive year in 2010 despite the difficult market conditions. The low harvest volume in 2009 resulted in a sharp drop in Austrian barrel wine exports in 2010. However, exports of bottled wine continued on a successful course and reached the highest ever price average of more than € 2…


Spotlight on: Weißburgunder aka Pinot Blanc

Weißburgunder, also known as Pinot Blanc, this international variety is more familiarly known as Weißburgunder in Germany and Austria. Pinot Blanc is a late-ripening, thin-skinned, tight-clustered grape that does well with a variety of vinification techniques. Pinot Blanc generally has soft acidity, a delicate if not restrained bouquet and is often used as a blending…