A regional brand category of the Lower Austrian wine association Vinea Wachau Nobilis Districtus for dry white wines. There are a total of three quality levels Steinfeder. Federspiel and (as the highest) emerald. On the steep stone terraces of the wine region Wachau The emerald lizard shown below, from whom the name is derived, likes to bask in the vineyards. Incidentally, was the designation until the year 1986 Honifogl, and then had to be changed for legal reasons.
In this category you can find the most valuable and ripe white wines from the best locations, which only in the best years from grapes with perfect physiological maturity be pressed. A minimum is required most weight of 18.5 ° KMW and at least 12.5% vol alcohol content, From the 2006 vintage, alternative closures (Screw or glass closure) allowed, until then natural corks were mandatory.
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