The country Austria has only existed since 1945, before that it was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It makes about the same amount of wine as Bordeaux and grapes were planted in the area as early as 600BCE. Austria has a cool climate that makes a range of styles, from aromatic fresh whites to opulent dessert wines, known as Austria’s “Liquid Gold”. There are a variety of indigenous grapes: Gruner Veltliner is the signature white grape producing sappy refreshing white wines with a distinctly peppery flavour, and Zweigelt, St. Laurent, Blauer Portugieser and Blaufrankisch for the reds. The classification for Austrian wine is the DAC (Districtus Austriae Controllatus) designation, which is roughly based on the French AOC system.