Region & Country: Burgenland, Austria
Description: If you've always associated Austrian wine with mostly white wines, you're not wrong. Some of the world's best Riesling and of course, Grüner Veltliners are from here. But more recently a new wave of winemakers are beginning the push for some really exciting red wines made with the local black varieties of Austria.
If I had to place one such winemaker before the rest, it would be Franz Weninger. Highly regarded around the world for his attention to quality, Weninger's pride in elevating the reputation of red Austrian grape varieties has captured the attention of the world. For anyone looking for an alternative to the red wines of the Northern Rhône, this might be your new favourite.