Shining a light on Austria's vineyard characteristics

Achleiten vineyard in Wachau, Austria by Robert Herbst

No one in the UK is more knowledgeable about the conscientious machinations of Austria's long-term plan to classify its best vineyards than Julia Harding MW. Robert Herbst took this dramatic picture of the Wachau's distinctive Achleiten vineyard in the Wachau for the ÖTW.

No tasting organised by the Österreichische Traditionsweingüter (ÖTW), such as that described in Austria’s super-pure 2019 Grüner Veltliners last week, comes without the need to disentangle recent progress in the classification project of this private growers' association.

The ÖTW was set up in 1992 with the aim of establishing a vineyard classification system, originally for its members...