Size wine cooperative in the Lower Austrian wine region Wachau based in Dürnstein, which was founded in 1938 by buying the former winery of the Starhemberg family under the name "Winzergenossenschaft Wachau". It was then renamed "Freie Weingärtner Wachau" in 1990 and has been operating under the new name "Domain Wachau" since 2008. Johann Martin was elected as the new chairman at the 2009 general assembly. Managing Director is Mag. Roman Horvath ( Master of Wine ). For the oenology Heinz Frischengruber is responsible. The philosophy is as follows: The Wachau domain strives for the most authentic origin character in the wines. The Wachau and the large individual layers or Rieden should be expressed precisely and clearly. Long and stable are also important fruit which then, after a few years, change into complex maturity notes with correspondingly high-quality wines. The high shelf life of selected emeralds is an explicit goal with the winemaking, The entire production process takes place according to certified, sustainable Criteria of Sustainable Austria,
Around 250 member companies cultivate 440 hectares of vineyards, which makes up around a third of the Wachau area. These are bound by contracts for three years. Management must be based on the above-mentioned criteria regarding ecology, economy and social issues. Based on this, a for members Bonitursystem created. Great value is placed on training, know-how transfer and intensive personal contact. Those grape suppliers who ensure extra quality in the vineyards receive special surcharges for the grape prices depending on the location. In 2018, a new building for the reception and vinification under the wine terraces of the Kellerberg was put into operation. The gentle processing of the hand-read, depending on vine. Riede and Maturity level selected grapes are made on four levels using gravity. The pneumatic Press can also make small batches for Mikrovinifikationen to process. The vinification comes to an end under perfect climatic conditions.
The famous "Kellerschlössel" was commissioned by Hieronymus Übelbacher (1674-1740), the rehearsal of Dürnstein Abbey, and completed by Jakob Prandtauer (1660-1726), the creator of the Melk Abbey, in 1715. The huge natural cellar dug in 1693 is located under the cellar lock. The baroque jewel lies at the foot of the famous Wachau top location Kellerberg, the "local mountain" of the Wachau domain. Historical meetings took place here in 1955. The then Austrian Foreign Minister Leopold Figl (1902-1965) had access with his own key and often invited high-ranking politicians and diplomats to nightly negotiations before signing the Austrian State Treaty. According to contemporary witnesses, the wines they enjoyed wore like “Dürnsteiner stone's throw “To success. In 2005, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Austrian State Treaty, the “Wachauer stone's throw “Revived. The portfolio also includes the one that is also steeped in history brand wine "Wachau Himmelsstiege ".
White wines are produced to over 90%. The Green Veltliner is the leading variety, it dominates with two thirds of the amount that is other varieties Riesling (17%), Müller-Thurgau. Neuburger. Pinot Blanc. Chardonnay. muscatel. Zweigelt (6%), Pinot Noir and St. Laurent, The grapes come from the best vineyards in the Wachau, for example Achleiten. Axpoint Bruck Hochrain. Kaiserberg. Kellerberg. Kollmitz. Loibenberg, Pichlpoint, Setzberg, Singerriedel and Tausendeimerberg ( Castle hill ). Among other things, the low yields of 39 to 55 hl / ha are responsible for the top quality. It is in the basement non-invasive The motto “controlled doing nothing”.
The domain Wachau was with founder Willi Schwengler among the founding fathers of the Vinea Wachau Nobilis Districtus with the quality levels stone feather, feather play and emerald. Top wines are the single-layer emeralds from Grüner Veltliner and Riesling, as well as Sweet wines (esp. Riesling TBA Kellerberg). In extensive archive wines are stored back to vintage 1947. In 1999, the Wachau domain was the first Austrian wine producer to win the von Wine & Spirit awarded the title "International Winery of the Year". Around 2.5 million bottles of wine are produced annually. Grüner Veltliner is distilled twice in the in-house distillery and matures in the small wooden barrel, The top product is the Veltliner brandy "XA22".