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Austrian Wine: Vintages

Shopping Austrian wine? Check out our chart to get the low-down on the past several vintages. What are some of your favorites?

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Austrian Wine Words: Steinfeder, Federspiel, Smaragd

Today we take a trip to the Wachau to explain the terms Steinfeder, Federspiel, & Smaragd. Long before the DAC system in Austria was established, many of the wine regions in Austria developed their own system of classification. Among those, was the Wachau under the specialized classification of the Vinea Wachau – an organization including nearly […]

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12 Days of Austrian Wine Day #6: Gumpoldskirchen Königswein

On the sixth day of Austrian wine, we receive Gumpoldskirchen Königswein (and thank goodness, because it is incredibly fun to say!) Produced in the town of Gumpolskirchen in Thermenregion, Gumpoldskirchen Königswein is a traditional cuvee of white grapes grown within the city limits including the rare Rotgipfler and Zierfandler. Literally translated to mean “the King’s […]

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Austrian Wine Fact of the Day: The Vinea Wachau Classification System

The Vinea Wachau classification system is as follows: 1. Steinfeder (maximum of 11.5% abv) 2. Federspiel (11.5% abv-12.5% abv) 3. Smaragd (Min 12.5% abv, max 9g/litre of residual sugars)  

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