Austria comprises 48,000 hectares of vineyards and these are mainly located in the east. The climate here is cool, but ideal for wine growing due to the sunny summers, mild autumn and cool nights. The Danube and great lakes also provide heat reflection and morning mist, allowing the production of quality wines that are increasingly popular. The white wines make up about 80% of the total production and are dry and fragrant. However, sweet quality wines are also made and red, fruity wines with a spicy overtone. As a result of a wine scandal in 1985, Austria has the strictest wine laws in the world and the quality continues to grow. The most common grape varieties are the Austrian Grüner Veltliner, Riesling, Zweigelt and Blaufrankisch. These are planted in the three major wine regions of Austria: Niederösterreich, Weinviertel and Burgenland.
Le Connaisseur carries an extensive range of Austrian wines, such as wines from Fred Loimer, Allram, Sattlerhof, Jurtschitsch, Diwald, Julius Klein, Dürnberg, Gernot Heinrich, Johannes Zillinger and Laurenz V, Dorli Muhr, Hajszan Neumann, Meinklang and Wieninger.