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One of the eight specific ones wine regions in the Austrian state or generic wine-growing region Lower Austria, Here was already from the Celts engaged in viticulture before the birth of Christ. In the community Stillfried grape seeds from the vine were found Vitis vinifera which dates back to 900 BC BC were dated. It counts alongside Burgenland Zagersdorf to the oldest winegrowing communities in Central Europe. According to an old trade route from Wien to the Czech Brno (Brno) the typical Weinviertel wine is as Brünnerstrassler named. That north of the Danube lying, gently undulating area borders in the north Czech Republic and extends from Manhartsberg in the west to the border of the Slovakia in the East.

Weinviertel - Falkenstein with the Falkenstein Castle and vineyards

The Weinviertel is not a closed area, but consists of many, sometimes small, vineyard islands. It used to be divided into two separate areas. The eastern area Falkenstein starts in the south near Wien, The most important winegrowing communities with the most famous vineyards in brackets: Bisamberg (Gabrissen, Jungsberg, Wiesthalen), Bockfliess, Falkenstein (Alsen, Eckartsberg, Kreuzberg, Rabenstein, Rosenberg), Enzersfeld (Sandtal), Gänserndorf, Mr. Baumgarten, Katzelsdorf, Kleinhadersdorf (Birthal, Bockgärten, Hochenleiten), Korneuburg, Langenzersdorf, Mannersdorf, Matzen, Mistelbach, Münichsthal (Seewansche Lagen), Poysbrunn, Poysdorf (Bürsting, Hermann haggling, Kirchbergen, Sauesseln, White Mountains), Schrattenberg, Stetten (Haidviertel, Hundsleiten, Mitterviertel, Neuberg, Zeiseneck ), Wetzelsdorf, Wolkersdorf and Zistersdorf.

Weinviertel - Retz with vineyards

The western area Retz extends from Großriedenthal in the south to the eponymous municipality in the north. The most important winegrowing communities are Eggenburg, Frauendorf, Haugsdorf, Hohenwarth, Hollabrunn, Kleinhaugsdorf, Limberg, Maissau, Mühlbach am Manhartsberg, Ravelsbach, Retz with Oberretzbach, Mitterretzbach and Unterretzbach ( Altenberg, Plaque, sentences, tongues), Röschitz, Ruppersthal, Schrattenthal, Sitzendorf and Ziersdorf. The vineyards of the Mailberg with the reed Hundschupfen forms a climatic island.

Weinviertel - valley basin of Mailberg with vineyards

The Weinviertel soil types are of course very different due to the very wide area, but loess, loam, bedrock and black earth soils dominate. The climate is continental, only in the far east there is a Pannonian influence. The summers are mostly hot and dry and the winters cold. The vineyards are between 200 and 250 meters above sea level. The best vineyards are located in locations with a particularly favorable microclimate, that is Bisamberg, Falkenstein, Mailberg and Retz. In 2001 the "Weinstrasse Weinviertel" was founded to promote wine and cultural tourism. Over a length of over 130 kilometers, 150 municipalities with over 500 winegrowing companies are involved.

Weinviertel - Map with the vineyards


In 2015, the vineyards covered 13,858 hectares of vineyards. With around 30% of the total Austrian area, the Weinviertel is by far the largest wine-growing region. Compared to 2009 with 13,356 hectares, this was almost identical. The proportion of red wine varieties is 24.4% and the proportion of white wine varieties is 75.6%. It dominates with almost half of the Grüner Veltliner, which is why the area is also known as the “Veltliner Land”.

Grape variety - Austrian
main name
officially permitted in Austria
colour hectare
% -Ant
Green Valtellina Weißgipfler White 6672 48.1 6221
Zweigelt Blauer Zweigelt, Rotburger red 1638 11.8 1466
Riesling - White 1091 7.8 1123
Blue Portuguese - red 865 6.2 1083
White Riesling Riesling, Rheinriesling White 562 4.1 486
Müller-Thurgau rivaner White 546 3.9 589
White Burgundy Pinot Blanc, Klevner White 443 3.2 467
Blauburger - red 383 2.8 439
ChardonnayMorillon - not used in Lower Austria White 271 2.0 203
According to sentence white - White 170 1.2 290
muscatel Yellow M., Red M. / Muscat Blanc White 170 1.2 93
Frühroter Veltliner malmsey White 142 1.0 163
Sauvignon Blanc Muskat-Sylvaner White 119 0.9 76
Merlot - red 106 0.8 85
St. Laurent - red 85 0.6 79
Cabernet Sauvignon - red 74 0.5 69
According to sentence red - red 72 0.5 9
Red Veltliner - White 66 0.5 75
Blue burgundy Pinot Noir, Blue Pinot Noir red 64 0.5 50
TraminerGewurztraminer, Red T., Yellow T. White 48 0.3 40
Roesler - red 46 0.3 36
Neuburger - White 43 0.3 48
Muscat Ottonel - White 41 0.3 37
Scheurebe Seedling 88 White 32 0.2 32
Blaufränkisch - red 28 0.2 26
Gray burgundy Pinot gris, Ruländer White 15 0.1 11
Goldburger - White 9.6 0.1 10.5
Bouvier - White 9.5 0.1 10.6
Syrah Shiraz red 8.2 0.1 3.7
Sylvaner Green Sylvaner White 7.7 0.1 7.2
Rathay - red 6.6 - 3.8
Cabernet Franc - red 2.4 - 2.5
Rotgipfler - White 2.3 - 1.8
Zierfandler Spätrot White 1.4 - 1
Jubiläumsrebe - White 0.9 - 1.5
Furmint - White 0.1 - -
Blue Wildbacher - red 0.1 - -
and. white varieties - White 28.7 0.2 19
and. red varieties - red 4.6 - 2.3
WHITE VARIETIES 10476 75.6 10004
RED VARIETIES 3382 24.4 3352
TOTAL 13858 100 13. 356

DAC system

From the 2002 vintage, the origin-controlled quality level Weinviertel DAC was introduced. It was the first wine-growing region after the new one DAC system, All other quality wines have to come from Lower Austria, the Vins under the wine-growing region designation wine country be marketed. In addition to the general DAC conditions, the following rules apply:

Classic : The wine must be from the quality wine grape variety Green Valtellina have been prepared. He must dry with a maximum of 6 g / l residual sugar be removed (standard for dry would be 9 g / l). The alcohol content must be at least 12% or (from year 2010) a maximum of 12.5% vol, as well as 13% vol in exceptional years declared by decision of the Regional Committee. A typical peculiarities are a light yellow to green-yellow color varietal bouquet as well as a fruity, spicy. peppery Taste required. The wine is not allowed botrytis still wood tone ( toast flavor ) and do not taste alcohol-heavy on one side. The specification of a Great location is not allowed, as smaller geographical units can a municipality and a Riede can be specified. An application to obtain the state test number may be placed from January 1st of the year following the harvest. However, marketing with a positive decision may not take place before March 1st of this year.

reserve : This level for stronger wines was only introduced six years later with the 2009 vintage. The wine must have a dense structure with a long finish. A delicate botrytis or wood tone is permitted. The existing alcohol content must be at least 13% vol. Bottling must take place within the manufacturing plant and in the Weinviertel. The bottles must have a specific capsule be provided. Grapes may be bought in, but not must. An application for obtaining the state test number must not be made before March 15 of the year following the harvest. At least four out of six tasters must agree that the wine is in sensory Regarding the regulations.


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