Austria's top Rieslings in 2021

Sandra and Johannes Hirsch

Paula's second report from this year's Traditionsweingüter tasting in Austria. Last week was Grüner Veltliner. Now we dive into Riesling, with the odd Weissburgunder and Carnuntum Blaufränkisch for good measure. Above, Sandra and Johannes Hirsch of Weingut Hirsch in Kamptal.

With Germany as your neighbour, growing a reputation for your Riesling isn’t easy. The white-wine superstar makes up 24% of all Germany’s vine plantings and is found in each of that nation’s 13 winegrowing regions. That kind of dominance can suck all the air out of an international comparison. After all, Riesling doesn’t even quite hit 5% of Austria’s...