While the history of Austrian winemaking dates back more than 4000 years, it has been a history with as many ups-and-downs as their majestic, alpine landscape. Being located in the exact middle of Europe, Austria has seen many invading forces. The Romans, the Bavarians, the Slavs, Charlemagne and Napoleon are just a few of the many that rolled through, some with positive consequences for the wine culture, others with disastrous results. And that doesn't even include the devastation wrought by the Thirty Years War. As borders solidified, Austrian winemaking boomed to the point where, in the early 1900s, Austria was the third largest wine producer in the world. Success...
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