Question: I like drinking Gruner Veltliner from Austria and wondered if they have a wine classification system?
Answer: Austria is moving towards a more specific designation of origin for all their wines. They presently use three tiers of Municipality (some 458 of them), Grosslage (larger vineyard areas) and the increasingly important single vineyards named Rieden. You will see more use of Riedenwein (or Lagenwein) which will reflect the individual character of specific single vineyard sites producing the highest top quality wines. Austrianvineyards.com has a most useful interactive map explaining in detail all of this. Suggest you look for RIED on the wine label of your Gruner Veltliner and seek out some of these very best wines.
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