One of the eight specific wine regions in the Austrian state or generic wine-growing region Lower Austria, It is from the Danube flowed through, on the northern banks of which many of the most terraced Vineyards are lying. The partly very steep vineyards are among the steepest vineyards Austria. The narrow valley along the Danube is only 33 km long and the winegrowing area 15 km long. The gateway to the west makes that Benedictine Monastery Melk (since 1089), in the east it is through the over 1,000-year-old city Krems limited. In the 5th century lived at Favianis (Mautern) the monk Severinus (410-482) in the middle of vineyards, which proves a viticulture. The English king Richard the Lionheart (1157-1199) was on his return journey from the Third Crusade near Wien captured and on the castle Dürnstein recorded.