What’s so Special about Austrian Wines?

What’s so Special about Austrian Wines?

Austrian Wine in Numbers Small Country, Big Wines Austria is a small country, about the size of Ireland or the state of South Carolina in the U.S.. And yes, Austria has Schnitzel and Mozart and those lively hills. But it has amazing wines too! So why haven’t you...

Aged but Not Old – How to Know What to Keep

Aged But Not Old: How To Know What Wines to Keep A few tips and tricks for recognising ageing potential!  Austrians are Junkies – the Heuriger kind! A little while back I participated in a masterclass called  “Rotgipfler & Zierfandler” (two wines that are...

A quick intro: Zierfandler

Zierfandler Facts. Facts. Facts. A forgotten treasure There are a few gape varietals that only grow in certain regions, and they are called “autochthonous” (ed. note: fancy party word!). The Zierfandler is one of Austria’s “autochthonous”...

Blauer Portugieser Facts

Blauer Portugieser Facts. Facts. Facts. Blauer Portugieser is a red grape that is most often found in Lower Austria, though its geographic origin is almost certainly Styria. It’s generally used as a red wine, but there are some rosé versions that are quite lovely. The...
A quick intro: Grüner Veltliner

A quick intro: Grüner Veltliner

A quick intro: Grüner Veltliner The Grüner Veltliner is by far the most popular Austrian white wine grape. Since no parents could be found, it was named after the area it was discovered in. This orphan wine is super tasty with a variety of foods, from Asian cuisine to...
A quick intro: Zweigelt

A quick intro: Zweigelt

A quick intro: Zweigelt Zweigelt is a varietal of red wine grape that was cultivated by a certain Dr. Fritz Zweigelt in 1922, by marrying St. Laurent with Blaufränkisch. They got on just fine, thank you. The result of this is a surprisingly light red that sometimes...
Wine Tasting 101

Wine Tasting 101

Wine Tasting 101 How to Taste Wine Wine is delicious. And all you need to do is pour it and drink. Voilà, wine-tasting finished! So what’s with all the rituals and stuff that some people go through when tasting, and why do they do it? Simply said, when you are...
Wine Accessories: Do You Really Need Them?

Wine Accessories: Do You Really Need Them?

Wine Accessories and Gifts What kind of wine accessories are good to have and good to give? There is limitless number types of wine accessories available today, but we have whittled down the list down for you (and then we added some other stuff too, because we love...
A Fine Selection

A Fine Selection

A Fine Selection Choices choices! Craftwines has been around for just over two months now, and the question we are asked most frequently at events is,” How do you choose your wines?” Well, our selection isn’t arbitrary, we have a clear process for selecting wines and...
Getting to Know Austrian Wines

Getting to Know Austrian Wines

Getting to know Austrian Wines All wines are not created equal! A lasting trend? Craft breweries (or microbreweries) came on the scene in the 1970’s and 80’s. These independently-owned, small-batch were welcome alternatives to the big-name, big-money...

What is Craftwines?

What is Craftwines? Craftwines stands for wines that have character and respect nature. Craftwines also stands for winemakers whose heart and soul is in their work. Over recent decades, there has been an increasing number of Austrian winemakers working on...

Wine Tours

Wine Tours Vienna is a wine traveler’s dream, there are eleven uniquely different wine regions within just one hour’s drive. Let us whisk you away on one of our exclusive wine tours to a number of those regions! We will travel through the breathtaking Austrian...