- Niederösterreich (Lower Austria)
- Definition:generic wine-growing region
Niederösterreich is the largest generic wine appellation in Austria, and forms the predominant part of the viticultural region known as 'Weinland'. The part of 'Weinland” situated along the River Danube has developed both dramatically and postively over the past few decades, and is subdivided into individual wine-growing regions, such as the Wachau, which boasts its own unique territorial protection. Other regions located along the Danube include Kremstal, Kamptal and on the southern bank of the Danube, Traisental, which has defined DAC designations for the regional typicity of its leading varieties Grüner Veltliner and Riesling. In the wine-growing region known as Wagram, wine producers cultivate the white wine speciality, called Roter Veltliner, alongside the ubiquitous Grüner Veltliner with absolute conviction. Weinviertel is Austria's largest single wine-growing region, and is regarded as being the pioneer behind the DAC designations of origin, as well as being the home of Grüner Veltliner's signature “peppery” note. In Carnuntum, the wine-growing region renowned for its competence in red wine production, Blauer Zweigelt is the most important variety. Directly south of Vienna, Thermenregion offers an array of indigenous varieties from the white Rotgipfler and Zierfandler specialities, to the black St. Laurent grape.