Small is beautiful – that is what best describes Austrian wine, when put into international perspective. The wines are found on every good wine list, are appreciated by wine experts and highly acclaimed by journalists. What is it, that makes Austrian wines so special? There are many reasons and the sum of all these factors has paved the path for the sensational quality boom over the past couple of decades. A prime reason is a tradition of winemaking, and grapevines have been cultivated in the same viticultural regions to be found in today’s Austria for many thousands of years. Coupled with ideal geological and climatic elements, the vines enjoy the best conditions essential for making authentic, distinctive wines with character and personality.