Fresh, Juicy, And Food Friendly - Discover Australian Wines

Posted: Jun 29, 2023

The quality of Austrian white wines is no secret. Their versatility, freshness and complexity have made them favourites of chefs and sommeliers around the world.

And while intensely dark, powerful and high-alcohol red wines may have been all the rage in the 1990s and 2000s, today’s wine drinkers are leaning towards lively, delicate red wines displaying varietal typicity and food versatility. The Austrian wine industry is well positioned in this regard because the country also excels in growing refreshing, flavourful red wines with bright acidity, juicy fruit and moderate alcohol levels…and more people are starting to discover them.

While there are several red grapes that grow in Austria, the 3 main local varieties that are receiving increased international attention for the balanced, juicy, elegant and immensely drinkable wines they produce are Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt and St. Laurent.


Blaufränkisch is a traditional Austrian variety that dates back to the 18th century and is probably a cross between Sbulzina and Weißer Heunisch. Blaufränkisch was previously widely-planted throughout the Habsburg Monarchy, and the vast majority of its planting are in Burgenland. It is the most important red variety in Mittelburgenland, called Blaufränkischland. In Germany it was referred to as “Lemberger” and in Hungary, it is known as Kékfrankos.

The typical aromas of Blaufränkisch wines display notes of wild berries and cherries, as well as a powerful acidity. Blaufränkisch can yield outstanding wines ranging from medium to full body with dense structure and prominent tannins. The wines are often impetuous in their youth but develop velvety facets when they age. And these wines can have very good ageing potential.

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Date Published: June 28, 2023

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