Burgenland red wines
The Burgenland wine-growing region is divided into four sub-zones:
1.) Neusiedlersee: covers the east bank of Gols as far as Illmitz in the Seewinkel. Virtually all varieties and flavors grow here, and the red wine production is dominated by the Zweigelt. In the Seewinkel grow some of the best sweet wines of the region.
2.) Neusiedlersee-Hügelland / Leithaberg: denotes the west bank of the lake with the famous municipalities of Rust, Oggau, Mörbisch and Jois. Here mainly Weissburgunder, Chardonnay and Blaufränkisch thrive, but also large sweet wines such as the famous Ruster Ausbruch.
3.) Middle Burgenland: the Blaufränkischland with the winegrowing communities Neckenmarkt, Horitschon, Deutschkreutz, Lutzmannsburg, south of the Neusiedlerersee. Great complex red wines with a cool climate style.
4.) Southern Burgenland: located south-west of the lake, Eisenberg and Deutsch-Schützen are the most important wine-growing communities, the Blaufränkisch dominates here, too.
The most substantial red wines of Austria are usually produced in the Burgenland, but of course also characteristic dry white wines and sweet wines of world renown. Due to the different terroirs of the Burgenland, many international grape varieties have found ideal cultivation conditions as well as the native varieties Blaufränkisch and Zweigelt and contribute to the Austrian red wine wonder.
In Burgenland, the red grapes have increased significantly in the last decade and the share of white vines has now been overtaken. The Blaufränkisch is in the first place, followed by Zweigelt, Grüner Veltliner and Welschriesling.