The Advent season is a time of reflection – among other things, considering carefully what to give your loved ones. With its glorious wealth of styles encompassing different vintages, origins & grape varieties, the wide world of Austrian wine can be counted on to always provide the perfect present.
Picture-perfect pleasure for every palate
Whether robust or delicate, opulent or light, concentrated or nuanced: thanks to its protected origin and the personal signature of the grower, every Austrian wine tells its own distinctive story, which will always find an enthusiastic audience. Like a carefully selected book, Austria’s characterful wines offer pleasure for the soul, and beyond that for the palate as well. If you require inspiration to answer the question of which Austrian bottles might be suitable for whom, you will find experts ready to help at the wine merchant of your choice, and of course among Austria’s winegrowers – right up to the start of the festive days.
Perhaps a little more of it?
Great days encourage big gifts: bottle formats like magnum or double magnum not only leave a memorable impression under the Christmas tree, but also offer a very practical advantage: the wine matures more slowly & evenly, because larger bottles contain less oxygen in relation to the volume of wine, while the thicker glass minimises influences of light & temperature.
Delicious on the holiday table
If one does not wish to w-a-i-t for the bottle to be uncorked & enjoyed, it becomes advisable to turn to finely matured wines. These can also be combined quite handsomely with the Christmas menu. On the classic Austrian table, robust white wine excels alongside the traditional Christmas carp. And it’s not only opulent Grüner Veltliner that most effectively frames the Christmas goose or the Christmas turkey – just as typically Austrian: cool & fruit-forward red wines work & play beautifully along with... And after the shared repast, majestic red wines & nobly sweet rarities will usher convivial holiday evenings into a peaceful & pleasurable night.
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The professionals recommend...
These international wine experts can simply not imagine Christmas without Austrian wine. Here they reveal their tips.
EUROPEAN BEST SOMMELIER 2017
"Austrian wine, with its diversity of styles, can perfectly complement the whole Christmas meal, starting from high quality Austrian Sekt as an aperitif, various styles of white wines with sea food or even lighter meat courses, typical and authentic red wines with different meat dishes and some of the best sweet wines of the world to complement your Christmas desserts! These are wines to be enjoyed now or kept for next special occasions!"
Chief Wine Editor, Falstaff
"I give Austrian wine for Christmas presents, because I can not imagine a feast without our country’s top wines. A multi-faceted Austrian Sekt as a gift, white wines moulded by terroir, and well-matured reds for the feast are as essential to Christmas Eve as singing Silent Night. Biscuits with a fine nobly sweet wine provide a harmonious finale."
Taster for Robert Parker Wine Advocate
"Because you can not produce any Burgenland-style – let alone Carnuntine – Blaufränkisch anywhere else but Austria. And certainly not any that are better."
Wine Journalist Decanter
"The uber range – sparkling, white, rosé, red, dry and sweet – of poised, elegant, fruity and tinglingly fresh cool climate wines makes Austria a most compelling choice for Christmas and every other occasion when our lips yearn for something delicious to drink. And celebrate."
Master of Wine
“Nothing spells celebration as much as Austrian Sekt – not only during the festive period but all year round. So the perfect present is a traditional method Sekt: dry, fine and light. Everyone, whether wine-wise or not, will know how and when to drink it, so it’s a perfect present in every way.”
Editor in Chief, Gault& Millau Austria
"I like best to give something that I myself would enjoy. Austrian wine hits the centre of the bulls-eye, because as small our country might be compared to other wine-producing nations, the variety is ever so great – ranging from elegant Sekt to classic white wines, matured reds, velvety dessert wines, and on to rarities that are anything but ordinary. My letter to Father Christmas: Wine from Austria, please."
"Austrian Wine is unmatched in its diversity, food friendliness, and approachability. It makes the perfect Christmas present because Austrian Wine offers something unique for both connoisseurs and those merely looking for something delicious in their glass. Cheers!"
Editor in Chief, Meiningers Sommelier
"Anyone who takes a closer look will find numerous winegrowers in all regions of Austria with passion & great respect for nature, who produce wines at the highest level that beautifully express their origins. This makes these wines a personal – in the best sense, artisanal – and precious gift."