The vineyards of the Austrian State count (next to upper Austria. Salzburg. Tirol and Vorarlberg ) to the smallest wine regionBergland, This designation applies to Vins, the quality wines may under the designation " wine region Carinthia ”are marketed. Winegrowing in Carinthia was first documented in 822. It developed around the church foundations of Millstatt, Ossiach, Gurk, St. Georgen am Längsee, Viktring, Griffen, St. Paul and the bishopric of St. Andrä and Wolfsberg. It reached its greatest expansion in the 16th century with several hundred hectares. By developing as a folk drink beer war turmoil, high taxes phylloxera and mildew there was a decline.
At the beginning of the 1990s, a new start was made for viticulture in Carinthia. The "Vinum Carinthiae" association, founded in 1993, aims to reintroduce and spread viticulture in Carinthia as a landscape-shaping element to enrich the cultural landscape on a larger scale. The Carinthian Winegrowers' Association was founded in 2003. Soil analyzes have shown that quality winegrowing is possible throughout Carinthia. The centers of Carinthian viticulture are in the district of St. Veit with the Längsee and around the Hochosterwitz castle, in the Lavant valley, in the area of Feldkirchen and around the city of Klagenfurt such as: B. the Seewiese am Wörthersee.
As part of an EU project started in 2005, the fruit growing research institute in St. Andrä in Lavanttal scientifically determined which grape varieties are suitable in Carinthia. In 2018, the vineyards covered 170 hectares, which means a fivefold increase in 15 years. They are mostly with the white wine varieties Chardonnay. Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc ( Pinot Blanc ) Traminer and Riesling, the rest with the red wines Zweigelt and Pinot Noir ( Pinot Noir ) planted. There are around 90 wineries. These include Gartner (St. Andrä), Holzfeind (Kötschach-Mauthen), Janko (St. Paul), Kegley (Karnburg), Prochazka (Feldkirchen), Pulsinger (Wolfsberg), Serschen (Klagenfurt) and Unterkofler (Klagenfurt).
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