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Welcome to AustrianThirst.net!

AustrianThirst is an online blog, which started in the mind of Aleksi Mehtonen while attending the European Wine Bloggers conference in November 2011. Previously I held a blog at aleksimehtonen.com and started to write about my life in the wine world. The spark for that blog quickly faded away and I wanted something else. I wanted to concentrate on a single area of the wine world and voilà, thirst for Austrian wines was born.

Austria for me is still somewhat unknown area of the wine world, but it fascinates me, their wines taste so damn good and hey, I love Wiener Schnitzel! I’m not claiming to be an expert. I’m more of an student, like Philipp Blom in hes edition of the The Wines of Austria where he learns and develops as you go through the book. I like to think that Austrian Thirst will be somewhat similar.

AustrianThirst is currently based in Finland, about 1989 kilometers away from Austria according to Google, but you never know what future might bring.

AustrianThirst will host series of educational articles related to wine and food. We will lead you to an adventure through Austria, educate and inspire you to try austrian wines and taste their culinary delicacies.

“For those who love individuality of well-crafted wines (the very opposite of speculative hype and factory winemaking), Austria offers immense pleasures” – Philipp Blom

Austria with 35 grape varieties to choose, offers diverse wines, which 22 are white and 13 red. There are some familiar variety names such as world known Grüner Veltliner, Zweigelt and more and more popular Blaufränkisch. With around 45,820 ha of wine growing area it just produces that 1% of all the wines in the whole world. Such regions as Burgenland and Niederösterreich might ring a bell. Austria produces around 2.4 million hectoliters of wine, which, compared to J-P Chenet, which produces 1 million hectoliters alone.

Austria is the place where Wiener Schnitzel was born, that juicy, mouthwatering piece of veal, coated with crust of breadcrumbs and deep-fried in pork lard. The country hosts other variety of foods from cheeses to fishes and variety of meats.

AustrianThirst is part of Winenergy.


Recent Posts

Small thoughts on ProWein

ProWein and Düsseldorf is in the past and it was loads of fun but at the same time very tiring. Walking from hall to hall and tasting as many wines as you can. Some did really not make me smile, but some where mind blowing.

The Austrians got their own hall at number 7 and it had a loads of Austrian wineries ready to be tasted, swirled and spitted. Unfortunately I did not have a change to go through all of them, but there was a good presentation of Austrian wineries. The usual and the great was of course available Loimer and it’s “sub-division” Schellmann, Johan Topf and new faces like Gut Oggau which has a interesting storie behind their wines, but for that we need another “Who?“-post!

Fairs like these are the best way to connect with people and making new friendships. It’s always easier to contact a winemaker/producer when you have met him. It’s also great to get that insight to hes wines and hear hes stories about hes vineyards and soil. This is what AustrianThirst is all about, it will be about the people, what they do and how they see their wines, what makes them tick and what drives them to wake up at 4 am to take care of their vineyard or making sure that the wine they are producing is just right.

Being just a trade fair I got a good response when I said that I’m a blogger and the producers where happy to share their wines with me. One producer actually said that “You are crazy”, when I said I have just started a blog only about Austrian wines. Well, I like crazy, so I take it as a compliment.

Summa summarum, it was a great fair and I had loads of fun! Düsseldorf is a beautiful city and actually rather cheap I might add and they have the most amazing

Rumpsteaks I have ever eaten and crazy sized Haxe, picture on the right.

Hope to come back next year as well. It was a such pleasure to meet you all at ProWein!


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