The 2,368 hectares of vineyards in Kremstal are divided into three different zones, starting with rocky soils in the original Krems River valley and the historic town of Krems, along with the municipality of Stein that adjoins the Wachau in the west, then moving on to the deep loess east of Krems, and finally the southern bank of the Danube opposite Krems, around the magnificent abbey Stift Göttweig.
Since 2007 Kremstal DAC stands for spicy Grüne Veltliner and elegant, mineral Riesling wines which are marketed either in a fresh, classical style or as powerful reserve wines. The cellars of many wineries in the Kremstal Valley evidence the tradition of great wines over decades. Kremstal DAC wines with the addition "Reserve" display ripe aromas, density on the palate and often a long and smooth finish. The Grüner Veltliner is the major grape variety in the Kremstal Valley. It thrives on mighty loess terraces as well as on steep primary rock slopes. Many famous single vineyards produce individual, characteristic wines such as Pfaffenberg, Kögl, Wachtberg, Sandgrube, Pellingen, Gebling, Spiegel or Steinbühel. Especially the challenging Riesling – the second grape variety of the Kremstal DAC – expressively mirrors the characteristics of these single vineyards.
The 2.368 hectares of vineyards in Kremstal are divided into three different zones: the original Kremstal Valley and the historic town of Krems along with "Stein" which directly joins the Wachau region in the west, the mighty loess massifs in the east and the small wine villages south of the Danube below the monumental Stift Göttweig monastery. With its young and successful winegrowers, an economically very successful cooperative and a state-of-the-art viticultural college, the old (wine) cultural city of Krems sets dynamic trends. Well-known winegrowing villages in the vicinity include Krustetten and Furth south of the Danube, Gedersdorf, Rohrendorf, Senftenberg and Stratzing north of the Danube.
Two types of soil dominate the Kremstal: loess over a very compact sub-soil with high water storage capacity, ideal for the Grüner Veltliner, as well as primary rock soils perfectly suited for the cultivation of Riesling wines. The deep river valley is well protected against cool winds from the north while Pannonian climatic influences from the east are still markedly felt. Thus the Kremstal – although further in the west as for example the Kamptal Valley – benefits from warmer airstreams generally resulting in ripe and aromatic wines. Quite naturally other grape varieties have also proved successful for a long time and have conquered their place within the grape variety spectrum of the region.
The structure of the Kremstal DAC wines full of nuances enables perfect combinations with various dishes, from the classic roasted pork to spring rolls whereby the Grüner Veltliner Reserve perfectly shows off its quality as universal food companion. Riesling wines from Kremstal on the other side perfectly match regional as well as creative fish dishes.
(from 2007 vintage)
Kremstal DAC , Kremstal DAC with indication of municipality, Kremstal DAC with indication of municipality and vineyard designation: submission of the wine to the Prüfnummer tasting commission from 1 January in the year following the harvest
Kremstal DAC , Kremstal DAC with indication of municipality, Kremstal 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.