The wines of Burgenland could hardly differ further from those of the more famous Niederösterreich.  Grüner Veltliner is insignificant and it is for red and dessert wines that the region is celebrated.  These differences may be attributed to a warmer climate and the fact that Burgenland was part of Hungary until as recently as 1921.

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Styles of Wine

Somewhat in the style of Hungary's legendary Tokaji, Ruster Ausbruch is a sumptuous dessert wine unique to the Neusiedlersee-Hügelland district of Burgenland.  Other fine sweet wines are produced in the Neusiedlersee district.  Dry whites are also made throughout the region.

Burgundy and Bordeaux have influenced the styles of the red wines, and done so successfully.

Key Vines

Traditional Austrian vines line up with a host of international varieties, and they are often blended together.  Blaufränkisch, Blauburgunder (Pinot Noir), St-Laurent and Zweigelt are red vines joined by Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah amongst others.  International whites such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are grown along with Welschriesling, Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), Scheurebe and many more.

Climate and Conditions

It is the warmth of the region that allows red vines to flourish, and regular autumn mists encourage the noble rot, or botrytis, essential for great sweet wines.  All in all it is a very happy climate for a variety of wines.

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