A number of small wine islands on the slopes of extinct volcanoes, lend special flair to the landscape of Southeastern Styria. Growing in the approx. 1,500 hectares of vineyards here is an extensive range of grape varieties. Read more
Vulkanland Steiermark DAC
From the 2018 vintage on, regionally typical wines from Vulkanland Steiermark may carry the designation "DAC". The three-tier system of origin comprises Gebietswein (regional wine), Ortswein (local or "villages" wine) and Riedenwein (single-vineyard wine). The varietal diversity of the region reflects on the Gebietswein level - the permitted grape varieties are Welschriesling, Weissburgunder, Morillon (Chardonnay), Grauburgunder, Riesling, Gelber Muskateller, Sauvignon Blanc and Traminer. The Orts- and Riedenwein level focus on locally leading varieties.
The narrow Danube valley between Melk and Krems is also a World Heritage Site. The 1,350 hectares of vineyards - mostly on steep terraces - feature mainly Grüner Veltliner and Riesling. Read more
This loess-rich winegrowing region, with approx. 2,450 hectares, is divided into two zones. North of the Danube, the Wagram is the mecca of loess vineyards ideally suited for refined Grünen Veltliners. Read more
the name of a Vintner Association
Quality-orientated association and brand association in Wagram, as well as being the members' own seal of approval for their best wine produced to strict criteria.
Weingut (Wine Estate, Winery)
The term »Weingut« (wine estate) is reserved for establishments that exclusively process grapes from their own vineyards, or grapes from parcels under management contracts, provided that the area of these does not exceed the area under vines in direct possession.
The regional typical Grüner Veltliner from the Weinviertel was the first winegrowing region to take the DAC designation, effective from the 2002 vintage. From the 2009 vintage, alongside the Klassik category, there is also the Reserve category.
a Pinot grape variety
Refers to the youngest member of the extensive, old Pinot varieties, that is also widespread all over the world. The classic style of wines aged in steel tank are aromatic, delicate and elegant on the palate, with its soft fruit, a touch of herbaceousness and nutty spice, make outstanding companions to food. The international style of Pinot blanc, with malolactic fermentation and oak barrel maturation, is convincing with its opulence and length, as are Pinot blanc wines that are blended with other pinot varieties.
an old, rarely used synonym for Grüner Veltliner
white wine variety
The Welschriesling is a very versatile, diverse variety. From the base wine for sparkling wines from the northern Weinviertel, to dry, lively young wines (e.g. in the Steiermark), to the high quality, nobly sweet Trockenbeerenauslese wines from Burgenland. The vibrant, drinking wines have dominant citrus and apple notes, over delicate spice; and the high quality sweet wines beguile with soft, creamy aromas and perfect balance of acidity and noble sweetness.
If the black grapes, or red wine varieties, are pressed relatively quickly, giving a must with minimal colour and extract. The light, white-pressed wines (also known as blanc de noirs) are significant for the production of sparking wines.
Refers to the wines made from green, yellow, grey or red-tinged grapes, and the grapes spend only a short time in contact on the skins during vinification. Austria is an ideal white wine producing country, with its hot summers, warm days and cool nights.
White Wine Spritz
refreshing drink of equal measure of wine and mineral or soda water
The Gespritzter or “G´spritzter“ is a quaffable, thirst-quenching Austrian White Wine Spritz, wine mixed with an equal measure of soda or sparkling mineral water, that is particularly favoured in the warm summer months. Due to its generally low alcohol content, the Gespritzter is an ideal aperitiv or easy drinking wine to pair with food. The mixture is generally 50/50, with the Sommerg´spritzter being prepared with a larger proportion of water.
white wine spritzer
The Styrian name for a white wine spritz, or a mixture of wine and mineral water. see also G‘spritzer.
whole bunch pressing
This is the most gentle form of pressing the wines, and healthy grapes are carefully pressed in a (pneumatic) press without crushing or destemming. The result is a high quality fruity must that is low in phenolics.