Southeast of the Austrian capital Vienna, the continuous influences of the warm Pannonain climate help define the character of the wines. In contrast to other areas, a fuller, rounded sense of body characterises wines from Carnuntum, the Thermenregion and Burgenland. The Pannonian area is where Austria shows off its prowess in red wine production, and the full-bodied Zweigelt is dominant from Carnuntum to the Seewinkel.

The velvety Sankt Laurent, with its typical Morello cherry nose, is the ideal variety for the Thermenregion. Mittelburgenland has been established as a DAC appellation with Blaufränkisch as its varietal calling card. The partially loamy soils here contribute to this variety´s unique forest berry bouquet. And on the Eisenberg in the south, the wine already starts to reveal a touch of Styrian freshness. In the growing region Rosalia, the combination of a warm Pannonian climate and geoligically young soils yield a powerful and spicy style of Blaufränkisch. A completely different, mineral-driven and tannin-rich type of Blaufränkisch thrives between the Hügelland – on the western shore of the Neusiedlersee (Lake Neusiedl) – and the Spitzerberg in the winegrowing region Carnuntum.

The cooler sites of the chalk-rich Leithaberg yield particularly expressive Weissburgunders and Chardonnays, with sophisticated, multilayered bouquets. And on the slopes of the Wienerwald (Vienna Woods) around Gumpoldskirchen, the traditional white wine production is blooming again with the indigenous varieties Zierfandler and Rotgipfler. The high humidity around the Seewinkel, with its countless small lakes, is conducive to the development of noble rot (Botrytis cinerea), which leads to the production of supreme world-class wines in Prädikat levels ranging up to the highly-concentrated Trockenbeerenauslese. But great sweet wines are made on the other side of Lake Neusiedl as well, with the renowned Ruster Ausbruch as their flagship.

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