The wines of Europe’s phoenix empire

The wines of Europe’s phoenix empire
The Wachau region lends its name to the Burgundy of Austrian wine. Picture: iStock

Austria’s wines are re-emerging from the cloud cast by an international wine scandal in the 1980s

No one likes a bad-tasting wine, corked or smelling of vinegar. We are not too keen on watery, tin-like wines either. But it can happen; and when it does, you give it the benefit of the doubt and pull another cork.

However, when a region or an entire country is labelled with producing tainted wine, that is the death knell for an entire wine production business.

This was what happened in Austria in 1985, when...

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