The Weinviertel

The Weinviertel, Austria’s northernmost winegrowing region, is home to the ‘pepperyGrüner Veltliner. Because of its great size and clearly established boundaries – the Manhartsberg in the west, the Danube to the south and the Austrian/Czech border extending from the north to the east – the Weinviertel, with its numerous microclimatic and geological differences is a law unto itself.

A picture shows a sunset in the vineyard
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The typical character of the Weinviertel’s classic Grüner Veltliner is indeed a homogenous one, and this has been confirmed in a recent scientific study. So it is no wonder that the ‘Weinviertel’ with its classic peppery Grüner Veltliner made history as Austria’s very first wine of origin in the new DAC appellation system. In contrast to the Danubian Veltliners, the Weinviertel has a more rustic aroma and character, which make its wines an ideal partner to the local cuisine. In special Weinviertel sites, Grüner Veltliner in the Reserve category demonstrates the same kind of concentration and finesse that characterise the Danubian wines.

The Weinviertel’s climate favours not only Grüner Veltliner, but also a wide range of varieties such as the refreshing Welschriesling, Weissburgunder and Riesling. It is important to note that there are also pockets of red wine production in the Weinviertel – for example, around Haugsdorf.