Viticulture has been practiced in Austria since 700 BCE. While the history is long, it is now that wine-growing in Austria is experiencing one of the most exciting times in the region.
Sharing borders with no less than seven different countries Austria has influence from Continental, Atlantic and Mediterranean climates. With many regional differences present and four distinct climate zones the wines of Austria exhibit great diversity. Even with this diversity the geography and climate of the country guarantee that all offer a certain freshness, aromatic brightness and concentration.
In addition to climate, the landscape and great diversity of soil contribute to the quality and range of wines found in Austria. The wine-growing regions are clustered mostly on the north-east side of the country and situated amongst rolling hills and alongside lakes and rivers. The relatively small area covers just over 45 000 ha.