Specific quality wine: profile
Austria presently has 16 specific wine-growing regions:
- 8 in the generic wine-growing-region Niederösterreich: Wachau, Kremstal, Kamptal, Traisental, Wagram, Weinviertel, Carnuntum, Thermenregion
- 4 in the generic wine-growing-region Burgenland: Neusiedlersee, Leithaberg, Mittelburgenland, Eisenberg
- 3 in the generic wine-growing-region Steiermark: Vulkanland Steiermark, Südsteiermark, Weststeiermark
- Vienna is a special case, as it is both a generic wine-growing region, and a specified wine-growing area. The recent introduction of the Wiener Gemischter Satz DAC is now joined by a wide diversity of "Qualitätswein Wien" – Quality wine from Vienna. Effective from 2011, Landwein is marketed as "Weinland".
All specific wine-growing regions work on strong profiling with origin-typical terroir wines. For the first step, focal varieties and region-typical wine styles are defined. When this process has been completed, the region can - via the regional and national committees of the Ministry of Agriculture - apply for DAC status. This becomes law through ministerial directive.