Neuburger is particularly found in drier areas such as the Thermenregion. In Burgenland it may be used alongside Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Grüner Veltliner for white Leithaberg DAC .

Origin

probably Wachau, Austria

Parentage

Natural crossing of Roter Veltliner x Sylvaner

Vineyard area

252.52 ha; 0.6%

Origin

The former Neuburger memorial (now NÖ wine memorial) is a reminder of the origin of this autochthonous variety.

Vineyard area

The Neuburger has significance in the Wachau and the Thermenregion. Between 1999 and 2020 its vineyard presence degreased significantly.

A picture shows grapes of the grape variety Neuburger.
© Austrian Wine / Oberleithner

Important ampelographic features

Leaf

large, with three to five lobes; main nerve stem is red

Grape cluster

small to medium with very tightly compact berries; cylindrical, yellow-green grapes with thick skins, spotted and fleshy

Ripening

Ripening

very early
early
early to middle
middle
middle to late
late
very late

Significance & conditions

The planting of this grape is heavily decreasing. There are two reasons for this: while Neuburger delivers excellent wine quality, it still cannot really compete with Grüner Veltliner; also, it can be weakened easily by disease and the vines could die. Fortunately, though, the vines have a very strong shoot growth and prefer dry, meager sites. In deep fertile soils, coulure could occur. The variety also is highly sensitive to late frosts and winter frosts, and is somewhat prone to oidium and peronospora. It is very susceptible to Botrytis – compact grape bunches are not an advantage. 

Area under vine in Austria
(as a proportion of the variety’s total area)

Click on the wine origin in the list for a breakdown into more specific regions of origin.

Total area in Austria: 252.52 ha

 A picture shows a hand holding a glass of white wine.
© Austrian Wine / Blickwerk Fotografie

Characteristics of the wine

Neuburger delivers mostly robust, full yet mild wines with a neutral taste. The young versions are spicy and flowery. Later a nutty flavour develops. Very good for Qualitätswein and Prädikat wines.

Link

Autochthonous Varieties

Source varietal specifications: Höhere Bundeslehranstalt und Bundesamt für Wein- und Obstbau (Federal College and Federal Office for Viticulture, Oenology and Fruit Growing) in Klosterneuburg, “Austria’s Qualitätswein grape varieties and their clones“ („Österreichische Qualitätsweinrebsorten und deren Klone“), 2nd, reviewed edition, September 2015

Source area under vine: Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism according to IACS (as at 31 May 2022)

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