Sighting abundant wildlife while hiking undulating vineyard slopes, bicycling past castles alongside sparkling waters, festivals for young and old, and above all, the famous Austrian “Gemütlichkeit” (cosy hospitality) are just a few of the perks to enjoy while touring Austrian wine country.
The rapidly-growing short video platform has broadened its audience from dance-crazy teenagers to adults interested in wine. But the relationship between TikTok and alcohol is not straightforward, as Alice Dawkins reveals.
Austria has long secured its niche as a prime origin for unique world-class wines. The tiny country is responsible for only one percent of global wine production, but sets benchmarks with innovative concepts. Julia Sevenich reveals the people behind the industry.
Yeast can help give wines flavours such as vanilla and raspberry, but more complex flavours are still trickier, and making Trebbiano taste like Sauvignon Blanc is still some way off, as Erika Szymanski of Colorado State University explains.
Maturing whisky in sherry casks has a long and distinguished history, but traditionalists scoff at the idea of briefly storing wine in barrels previously used for whiskey. With highly profitable sales of around 20m bottles per year and the involvement of top US brands, however, bourbon barrel-aged wine is a sector that needs to be taken seriously. Sarah Phillips McCartan reports.