Austrian Riesling shines
4 Mar 2014 by Julia Harding MW
Did you know that Riesling is planted on only 4.1% of Austria's vineyards (1,850 ha)? I probably did know that once upon a time, but I had forgotten just how little Riesling there is in Austria compared with the area dedicated to Grüner Veltliner (29.4%), although it has increased from 3.4% in 1999. Riesling hotspots are the Wachau (16.4% of the Wachau vineyard area is Riesling), Kremstal (10.3%) and Kamptal (9.4%), and these are unsurprisingly the areas best represented in my tasting notes below. (NB All the figures quoted here are from the 2009 viticultural survey, the most recent of the full once-a-decade surveys of the country's...

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