Austria's top Grüners loved 2021

Gaisberg terraces

The 2021 vintage was hugely successful for Austria's signature grape, especially all these single-vineyard bottlings. Above, terraced vineyards on the Gaisberg in Kamptal.

The mood was undeniably celebratory at this year’s annual single-vineyard presentation by the Österreichische Traditionsweingüter (ÖTW), Austria’s leading alliance of wine-producing estates. Beyond the vintage itself – more on that below – wine growers saw three decades of hard work, organisationally and politically, come to fruition.

The most tangible sign of this success: the scope of the event itself. The organisation’s annual September presentation, first held in 2013 at Schloss Grafenegg, was transformed this year from a...