The Pannonian Area
Southeast of the Austrian capital, Vienna, the continuous influences of the warm Pannonain climate help define the character of the wines. In contrast to other areas, a fuller, rounder body is characteristic of the wines from Carnuntum, the Thermenregion and Burgenland. The Pannonian area is where Austria shows off its prowess in red wine production. The full-bodied Zweigelt is dominant from Carnuntum to the Seewinkel.
In the Steinfeld of the Thermenregion, the velvety St. Laurent is the ideal variety with its typical morello cherry nose. And the Mittelburgenland has been established as a DAC appellation with Blaufränkisch as its calling card varietal. The partly loamy soils here contribute to this variety´s unique forest berry bouquet. And on the Eisenberg in the south, it already starts to reveal a touch of Styrian freshness. A completely different, minerally and tannin-rich type of Blaufränkisch thrives between the Hügelland - on the western shore of the Neusiedlersee (Lake Neusiedl) – and the Spitzerberg in the Carnuntum wine-growing region. The cooler sites of the chalk-rich Leithaberg yield particularly great Weißburgunder and Chardonnay wines with sophisticated, multilayered bouquets. And on the slopes of the Wienerwald (Vienna Woods), around Gumpoldskirchen, the traditional white production is blooming again with the indigenous varieties Zierfandler and Rotgipfler. The high humidity around the Seewinkel, with its countless mini-lakes, is conducive to the development of noble rot (Botrytis cinerea), which leads to the production of supreme world-class wines in Prädikat categories up to the highly-concentrated Trockenbeerenauslese. But great sweet wines are made also on the other side of the Neusiedlersee lake, with the renowned Ruster Ausbruch as their flagship.