Wine glossary

Definition:quality wine category in the Wachau wine-growing region

Federspiel refers to one of the three quality wine categories in the Wachau wine-growing region, in this case for an unchaptalized wine of at least 11.5% alcohol by volume, but no more than 12.5% alc/vol. The name ‘Federspiel‘ derives from falconary, a sport enjoyed for many centuries by the local landowning aristocracy (such as the Kuenrings). See also Steinfeder and Smaragd.