With 45,000 hectares (110,000 acres) of cultivated vines, Austria is wine country. Seventy percent are white, dominated by the vegetal Grüner Veltliner but keep a special eye out for Rieslings made on the steep hillsides of the winding Danube in Lower Austria (Niederösterreich) – Wachau, Kremstal, and Kamptal.
The top reds, mainly Blaufränkisch and Zweigelt, come from Burgenland, the area along the border with Hungary. Uniquely, the city of Vienna itself is a wine region, boasting several picturesque vineyards within city limits. Viennese wines are best-known for the Gemischter Satz, a white blend made from different grape varieties that were grown, harvested, and pressed together.
Below, the top wine bars in Vienna, most of them serving both conventional and natural wines.