Kamptal gets its name from the river Kamp that flows directly through it, and is home to Austria’s largest wineproducing town, Langenlois. With an area of 3,907 hectares under vines, Kamptal is one of the most successful winegrowing regions in Austria, and boasts a great number of outstanding producers of top quality wines. The Kamptal DAC defines wines made from Grüner Veltliner or Riesling.
The winegrowing region Kamptal exists under this name since 1993 (former Kamptal-Donauland). Since 2009 (vintage 2008) the Kamptal bears the legal DAC designation status with the white varieties Grüner Veltliner and Riesling. Both classic types of the Kamptal DAC appear fresh and dry and show personality; the pleasant lightness is yet combined with a compact structure. With their powerful character and depth, the great, opulent Reserve wines expressively mirror their origin in famous single vineyards. Not for nothing, many of the single vineyards in the Kamptal Valley rank among the most renowned proveniences of Austrian viticulture: for example Heiligenstein, Gaisberg, Steinmassl, Seeeberg, Käferberg, Dechant, Lamm, Kogelberg or Wechselberg. Yet mineral vibrance, distinctive acidity and a remarkable ageing potential are common features of all that wine "personalities".
The Kamp is a circa 50 km long river which runs from north to south and enters the Danube east of Krems. It winds its way through primary rock formations which were formed 250 million years ago; grape vines have been cultivated on their, often terraced hillsides for well 2000 years. Today grapes are grown on 3.907 hectares vineyard area. The picturesque valley with its many small wine villages such as Schönberg, Zöbing, Lengenfeld, Gobelsburg, Kammern oder Straß benefits, even on very hot summer days, from cool, spicy airstreams flowing down from the cooler Weinviertel. The famous wine town Langenlois with its futuristic “Loisium” is the centre of the region.
This freshness is the main characteristic of the Kamptal wines, regardless of whether they were cultivated on gneiss, sandstone loess or gravel. These four types of rocks form the basis of a colorful geological puzzle which extends over the whole region and testifies to bygone seas and volcanoes, to primeval displacements of river beds and windblown sedimentations during the Ice Age. Of particular significance is the 270 million years old perm-desert sandstone with volcanic elements on the Heiligenstein. This is why the wines from the Kamptal – due to differences in exposition, altitude and soils – display very individual characters.
The compact structure of the Kamptal DAC wines matches a wide variety of culinary styles and dishes. It pairs perfectly with fried or grilled fish and seafood but also with regional dishes such as grilled chicken or pan fried meat. The Reserve wines also stand up to spicy recipes of ethnic cuisines, yet shines with creative gourmet dishes all the same.
(from 2008 vintage)
Kamptal DAC, Kamptal DAC with indication of municipality, Kamptal DAC with indication of municipality and vineyard designation: no overwhelming influence of Botrytis, well balanced, concentration commensurate with that typical of the specific vintage year.