Germany & Austria

Featured Winery

St. Urbans-Hof

Germany and Austria have been producing wine for nearly 2000 years, but it wasn’t until the 12th century that citizens were allowed to grow vines and produce their own wine. Until this time, vineyards were strictly controlled by the Church, with monks acting as viticulturalists and vintners.

German wine production is focused almost entirely in Western Germany, near the Rhone River. The vast majority of wines produced in Germany are dry, white wines with the main grape varietal of Riesling. Red wine is difficult to produce in this climate, and is typically of a lighter rosé style.




Austrian wines are also predominately white wines. The primary wine regions are concentrated on the Easternmost border of Austria. The most well-known grape varietal is the Grüner Veltliner, although there is also a small production of Pinot Noir and many other native varietals.