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The language of wine contains a wealth of meanings that are not all too familiar, particularly the technical interpretations. The glossary describes and offers an explanation to the most common terms.


Abbreviation:Districtus Austriae Controllatus, regionally typical designation

DAC stands for ”Districtus Austriae Controllatus”. It literally means “protected Austrian declaration of origin”. The DAC is a designation for regionally typical Austrian quality wines, where the region itself, rather than the variety, is more significant. There are currently 18 DAC-designated regions acknowledged by the Ministry of Agriculture. The Weinviertel started off run of DAC regions in 2003 with its regionally typical Grüner Veltliner. It has been followed by Mittelburgenland DAC (Blaufränkisch), Traisental DAC (Grüner Veltliner and Riesling), Kremstal DAC (Grüner Veltliner and Riesling), Kamptal DAC (Grüner Veltliner and Riesling), Leithaberg DAC (white and red), as well as Eisenberg DAC (Blaufränkisch and Welschriesling), Neusiedlersee DAC (Zweigelt) and Wiener Gemischter Satz DAC, Rosalia DAC (Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt) as well as Vulkanland Steiermark DAC, Südsteiermark DAC and Weststeiermark DAC (Welschriesling, Pinot Blanc, Morillon, Grauburgunder, Riesling, Gelber Muskateller, Sauvignon Blanc, Traminer as well as cuvées from them, Blauer Wildbacher (as Schilcher) only in Weststeiermark) as well as Carnuntum DAC (ChardonnayWeißburgunderGrüner Veltliner, Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch), Wachau DAC (Grüner VeltlinerRiesling), Ruster Ausbruch DAC, Wagram DAC (mainly Grüner Veltliner and Roter Veltliner) as well as Thermenregion DAC (Rotgipfler, Zierfandler, Sankt Laurent, Pinot Noir and other).