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Austrian wines don't have an enormous presence in the British wine market, partly because most of the production is geared at the top end of the price scale, but also because two of the varieties it goes big on, Riesling and Chardonnay, are among the most competitive in the market. However, Austria has one secret weapon up its sleeve: its native grape variety, Gruner Veltliner. It doesn't sound very sexy, but it does make some fantastic dry whites that can compete with some of the best that Burgundy has to offer, and at the same time offer something different. Again, they're not always particularly cheap, but they are worth having a look at if you spot one on a shelf near you.

In terms of red there is a small production, mainly of Pinot Noir and the snappily named Blaufrankisch, but little if any makes it far out of the country, and it is usually gobbled up by the Austrians themselves. Austria does, however, make some fabulous sweet wine, which, though expensive, is worth every penny, if you can manage to lay your hands on some and have deep enough pockets.

Major white grape varieties: Chardonnay, Riesling, Gruner Veltliner.

Major red grape varieties: Blaufrankisch, Pinot Noir.

Key areas to watch: Wachau, Burgenland,Styria (or Steiermark).

Names to look out for: Briindlmayer, Freie Weingartner Wachau, Franz Hirtzberger, Emmerich Knoll, Alois Kracher, FX Pichler, Willi Opitz.

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Austrian Wine Prices

Waitrose Grüner Veltliner
Case price: £7.99
Per bottle: £7.99
IWSC Silver 2017
Save 26%
Felsner Moosburgerin Gruner Veltliner
Case price: £9.29
Per bottle: £9.29
Save 17%
Domaene Gobelsburg Gruner Veltliner
Case price: £9.99
Per bottle: £9.99
Save 15%
Grüner Veltliner Weingut Pfarre Weissenkirche...
Case price: £10.99
Per bottle: £10.99
Feiler-Artinger Blaufrankisch
Case price: £10.99
Per bottle: £10.99
Hopler Gruner Veltliner
Case price: £12.11
Per bottle: £12.11
Kurt Angerer Kies Gruner Veltliner
Case price: £12.49
Per bottle: £12.49 £8.32 (with voucher)
Our best prices:
Kurt Angerer Zweigelt Barrique
Case price: £12.99
Per bottle: £12.99 £8.82 (with voucher)
Zierfandler Heinrich Hartl
Case price: £12.99
Per bottle: £12.99
Our best prices:
Loimer Lois Gruner Veltliner
Case price: £79.87
Per bottle: £13.31
Loimer Lenz Riesling
Case price: £80.33
Per bottle: £13.39
Laurenz V Friendly Gruner-Veltliner
Case price: £15.37
Per bottle: £15.37
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