What Does Austrian Sparkling Wine Taste Like?

16th May 2022

What Does Austrian Sparkling Wine Taste Like

I’d give you the same answer no matter what country you asked about, “It Depends” there is no exact answer I can give you, Austria holds a lot of different flavours, it has a load of different wineries that produce a ton of different and incredible Sparkling Wines.

When looking for a better answer to that question, you need to look into the different varieties of Austrian Sparkling Wine, the producers, the grapes, the production method and the land type, but for someone who just wants the basic explanation, then watch this video where Christopher and myself taste 3 Austrian Sparkling Wines from 3 very known Austrian Wineries and give you our tasting notes, so you’ll understand a bit better on what to expect from your Austrian Sparkling Wine, or continue reading to read our tasting notes along with some history on the wineries.

In this tasting we have the Riesling, Muskateller and Grüner Veltliner, three very popular grapes in Austria, all throwing themselves in the ring, showcasing what Austria can bring to the glass.

Grüner Veltliner is the most widely planted grape variety in Austria with around 30% of the entire production.


The Story of this Austrian Winery, Jordan Wine Estate starts all the way back in 1858, when the knowledge of wine and winemaking descended generation after generation into the mind of Simone Hiller-Jordan who took over and has been running her modern family winery since 2010 with her husband Hannes.

Weingut Jordan – Riesling Brut Große Reserve – Tasting Notes

Aroma 👃 “A very fine example of the Riesling grape displaying that Herbal Gardens expression, freshly picked green apples, herbal, nettles, freshly cut grass, foilage and more on the aroma.”

Flavour 👅 “Green apples, sweet herbal notes, nettles, green grape skins, and more on the palate.”

Silver Medal Winner in the Herbal Gardens Category at the Glass of Bubbly Awards 2021


Located in their beautiful hometown of Langenlois in Austria, surrounded by the Kamptal Valley, Weingut Steininger offers the best conditions for their typical wines and sparkling wines, and they’ve found the perfect combination between tradition and modern cellar technology, without ever compromising on quality.

Weingut Steininger – Muskateller Sekt 2019 – Tasting Notes

Aroma 👃 “Ripe fruity and floral aromas, white floral, green grapes, green apples, gooseberry and hints of herbal notes on the aroma.”

Flavour 👅 “Silky smooth ripe fruits, green fruits in the texture of honey, gooseberry, green grapes, herbal and more on the palate.”

Silver Medal Winner in the Spring Fling Category at the Glass of Bubbly Awards 2021


The Szigeti Winery was founded in 1991 by Peter Szigeti, it is located in Gols in the Austrian state of Burgenland. Peter and his cellar master have both spent a lot of time ensuring that his Sparkling Wine meets the highest quality and captures the varietal characteristics of the grape varieties.

Interesting Fact: When looking at their Prestige line you will notice an emblem of a Knight, this is a tribute to the Knight of Gols.

Sektkellerei Szigeti – Reserve Grüner Veltliner Brut – Tasting Notes

Aroma 👃 “Warming green characters, green lettuce, nettles, garden herbs, freshly cut grass and more on the aroma.”

Flavour 👅 “Alive with bubbles, honeysuckle melon, green herbs, green apple and nettles on the palate.”

Silver Medal Winner in the Herbal Gardens Category at the Glass of Bubbly Awards 2021


Image Credit – Austrian Flag

Oliver Walkey

Champagne and Sparkling Wine Writer, Focused on Bringing the Exciting and Fascinating World of Bubbly to You.