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Archaeological evidence suggests that grapevines have been grown and cultivated in what is today modern Austria for over four thousand years, making it one of the oldest wine producing countries in the world. Over the centuries, relatively little has changed in Austrian wine, with the dominant grape varietals continuing to be Grüner Veltliner, Zweigelt, Pinot Noir and others. Austria is renowned for producing excellent and characterful dry white wines, although in the eastern part of the country, many wineries specialist in sweeter white wines made in a similar style to those of neighboring Hungary. Today, Austria has over fifty thousand hectares under vine, split over four key wine regions. The domestic wine industry remains strong, with Austrians drinking their local produce outside in the summer, and people around the world are beginning to once more rediscover this fascinating and ancient wine culture.
The beautiful, airy and rolling landscape of Austria's Kremstal wine region is one of the most important and highly regarded in all of central Europe. Indeed, the three thousand hectares of vineyards which cover this stunning and special region are responsible for producing Austria's most characterful wines. The spicy, unique and vibrant Gruner Veltliner grapes which grow in abundance around Kremstal and Kamptal have made Austrian wines a favorite with European royalty for centuries, and the wine industry of this region is finding new fans and admirers across the world in the modern age. As well as the Gruner Veltliner wines made here, the region is also famous for its mineral rich Riesling wines, the grapes of which thrive in the cooler climate found across Kremstal and the banks of the mighty river Danube.
Regularly described as being the grape varietal responsible for producing the world's most romantic wines, Pinot Noir has long been associated with elegance and a broad range of flavors The name means 'black pine' in French, and this is due to the fact that the fruit of this particular varietal is especially dark in color, and hangs in a conical shape, like that of a pine cone. Despite being grown today in almost every wine producing country, Pinot Noir is a notoriously difficult grape variety to cultivate. This is because it is especially susceptible to various forms of mold and mildew, and thrives best in steady, cooler climates. However, the quality of the fruit has ensured that wineries and vintners have persevered with the varietal, and new technologies and methods have overcome many of the problems it presents. Alongside this, the wide popularity and enthusiasm for this grape has ensured it will remain a firm favorite amongst wine drinkers for many years to come.