We first went to Austria in 1998, and returned thrilled by the variety, complexity and quality of the wines we came across there. The first pallet took an age to sell, but the word has gradually spread, and Austrian wines are no longer quite the tiny niche they represented then. Our original five suppliers have been joined by another seven, and we are proud of our position as the leading importer of Austrian wines in the UK. Quality is so impressively high throughout Austria, and the voracious appetite of the Austrians for their own wines unabated, and this puts pressure on supply and prices. There is much work still to be done in bringing these wines towards the mainstream, but we have come a long way in just over a decade.