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The Austrian province in the far west (along with Carinthia, Upper Austria, Salzburg and Tyrol) belongs to the smallest wine-growing region, Bergland Austria. This designation applies to country wines, quality wines may be marketed under "Weinbaugebiet Vorarlberg". Once there were about 500 hectares of vineyards here, mainly in the Walgau and in the Rhine valley. Due to phylloxera and competition from South Tyrolean wine after the construction of the Arlberg railway, the vines almost completely disappeared except for one vineyard in Röthis. Today they cover 10 hectares, the "Verein der Weinbautreibenden Vorarlbergs" consists of 70 members. The white wine varieties Müller-Thurgau, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Traminer are cultivated, as well as the red wine varieties Pinot Noir, Blaufränkisch, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Well-known wineries include Gert Markowski and Volker Scheidbach in Göfis, Franz Nachbaur in Röthis, Peter Summer in Frastanz and Josef Möth in Bregenz with the westernmost Heurigen in Austria.

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