With difficult to pronounce names and barely known grape varieties, Austrian wine can be understandably intimidating. So here’s the skinny on Austrian wines: They were the first choice for the kings and queens of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Regions like Wachau and Burgenland were once as well known as Bordeaux and Burgundy. Sustainable viticulture is widely practiced. They are are loved by sommeliers and chefs for their food pairing superpowers. They offer Grand Cru quality for a fraction of the cost. Most importantly, they are delicious!
This beautiful white wine comes from one of our all-time favourite producers. Nikolaihof is one of the oldest wine estates in Austria. The first wines were made here as early as 470 AD. Not many other wineries can say that their cellar was originally a Roman crypt. Today the estate consists of 20 hectares of biodynamically farmed vineyards. Their vines see absolutely no chemicals or synthetic interventions. The winery is helmed by Nikolaus Saahs, who took over from his parents in 2005.The Nikolaihof Im Weingebirge Federspiel Grüner Veltliner is made from grapes harvested from the Im Weingebirge vineyard. First mentioned in 511 AD, it is one of the oldest named vineyards in the world. Pale yellow green in colour, this Grüner shows primary aromas of lemon peel, grapefruit, and white pepper. On the palate it jumps into action with cracking acidity and stoney salinity. Flavours of lime, nectarine, oyster shells, and dill lead into a bone-dry and mouth-watering finish. While certainly delicious today, it will benefit from a few years in the cellar.
We scooped up all of this amazing wine we could get our hands on, so get it while you can!