FINALLY GETTING ITS SEAT AT THE TABLE
Austria is one of the wine world’s hottest regions of late, and this is only magnified by supplies that are shortened by in-country demand for the wines: Austrians would drink the entire production of the country if it weren’t for enterprising importers like Terry Theise and Marc de Grazia, two titans in the wine business. Theise expanded his enterprise from Germany into Austria almost twenty years ago, and has been a witness to the dramatic shifts in Austrian wine sales both here and in Austria. De Grazia expanded his agency from Italy to Austria in 2009 with a new venture called Circo Vino.
Grüner Veltliner, Austria’s premier native grape and source of many of its flagship wines, continues to be one of the few wines in the marketplace for which there is significant expansion in demand, while the kaleidoscopic, rococo Rieslings Austria produces are responsible for their greatest wines (giving Germany a run for its money!), which makes them, along with their German siblings, obscene bargains when compared to expensive white wines from other parts of the world. Austrian red wines–and not just Blaufränkisch, St. Laurent, and Zweigelt, but Pinot Noir as well–have also become hot commodities, lighting-up wine sales across the United States.
A listing of current Austrian wines being offered by Terry Theise Selections can be found by clicking here. Austrian wines listed in the current Theise catalog but not stocked by Vintner Select can be special ordered through your Vintner Select sales representative based on sometimes limited USA availability.