A territorial stamp category of the Lower Austrian winegrowers association Vinea Wachau Nobilis Districtus for dry white wines. Overall, there are the three quality levels Steinfeder. Federspiel and (as the highest) emerald. On the steep stone terraces of the winegrowing area Wachau The emerald lizard below, from which the name derives, likes to bask in the vineyards. Incidentally, was until the year 1986, the name Honifogl, and then had to be changed for legal reasons.
In this category, the most valuable and ripest white wines are found from the best locations, which only in the best years of grapes with perfected physiological maturity be pressed. Mandatory are a minimum most weight of 18.5 ° KMW and at least 12.5% vol alcohol content, From the year 2006, alternative closures (Twist or glass closure) allowed, until then, natural cork was mandatory.
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