The Weinviertel

The Weinviertel, Austria´s northern-most wine-growing region, is home to the "peppery" Grüner Veltliner. Because of its dimensions and clear boundaries - the Manhartsberg in the west; the Danube to the south and the Austrian border, extending from the north to the east -  the Weinviertel with its numerous microclimatic and geological differences is its own wide-open area. 

A picture shows a landscape of the Weinviertel area
© AWMB / Armin Faber

The typical character of the Weinviertel´s classic Grüner Veltliner is indeed a cohesive one, and this has been confirmed in a recent scientific study. So it is no wonder that the "Weinviertel" - with its classic peppery Grüner Veltliner - entered history as Austria´s first wine of origin in the new DAC appellation system. In contrast to the Danube´s Veltliners, the "Weinviertel" has a more rustic aroma and character, which makes it an ideal partner to the local cuisine. In special Weinviertel sites, the Grüner Veltliner in the Reserve quality level demonstrates the same kind of concentration and finesse that mark the Danube wines. The Weinviertel´s climate favours not only Grüner Veltliner, but also a wide range of varietals such as fresh Welschriesling, Weißburgunder and Riesling. It is important to note that there are also pockets of red wine islands in the Weinviertel - for example, around Haugsdorf.