Aromatic Grüner Veltliner. With Backbone and Finesse
Traisental is the most recent addition to the viticultural map of Austria, and with a mere 790 hectares is amongst the smallest wine-growing regions. Big however, are the wines, particularly Grüner Veltliner. The quaint wine villages still contain the long-established tradition of Buschenschanken wine taverns, and the larger towns, such as Traismauer and Herzogenburg offer a fine glimpse into the region's history. The Traisental DAC designation was introduced from the 2006 vintage, and is applicable for fruity and spicy Grüner Veltliners and impressive Rieslings with mineral characters.
Principal grape varieties
Grüner Veltliner, Riesling
Leading viticultural towns
Nussdorf, Reichersdorf, Inzersdorf, Traismauer, Herzogenburg
Grüner Veltliner represents the greatest proportion of planted varieties with a share of 60 percent, more than any other Austrian wine-growing region. Riesling is also a significant speciality of Traisental. The vines are predominantly planted on narrow terraces with arid, very calcareous gravel soils, giving the wines quite a unique tasting profile, with a full body and compact structure. The mineral structure supports the flavour and vibrant acidity, giving the wines a long aging potential. The specific climatic factors, where the Pannonian plain influences meet the cool breezes from the Alps result in warm days and cool nights, the perfect recipe for precise and delicate aromas and elegant spice.
The Traisental is also a popular destination for wine enthusiasts, hikers, cyclists and those interested in culture. It is here that evidence of grape pips, dating back as early as the Bronze Age, well before any Roman influence, were discovered and confirm an ancient form of viticulture. Furthermore, the nearby town of St. Pölten (capital of the federal state of Niederösterreich) offers a wealth of modern cultural entertainment, and from this most southerly point of Traisental, there is a countless number of picturesque roads leading to idyllic wine and 'Heuriger' villages, such as Statzendorf, Unterwölbling, Oberwölbling, Nußdorf, Reichersdorf, Getzersdorf and Inzersdorf up to Stollhofen, Frauendorf and Gemeinlebarn.
A new generation of dynamic winemakers recognise the importance of Traisental DAC as being the signature wines for the region. These wineries play a vital role in making this matchless style famous beyond the boundaries of Austria, into new export markets and introducing it to international wine critics and discerning journalists.