The winegrowing region Neusiedlersee is situated on the eastern shores of a large, shallow steppe lake, the Neusiedler See or Lake Neusiedl. The designated vineyard area stretches from the wine town of Gols in the north, through the level terrain of the Heideboden and on down to the Seewinkel, adjacent to the Hungarian border. A wide variety of grapes flourish on its 6,675 hectares. Since March 2012, the new Neusiedlersee DAC stands for fruit-driven, harmonious red wines made from the variety Zweigelt and that reflect the region’s climate and soil.
The spectrum of the grape variety Zweigelt reaches from classic wines that can be enjoyed young on to powerful types matured in small wooden barrels. The Neusiedlersee DAC region produces the total range of this grape variety. The Neusiedlersee DAC is a fruity-spicy Zweigelt with a typical fragrance of black cherries, subtly underpinned by dark berries and fine herbal notes. The balanced body is accentuated by fine and soft tannins. Neusiedlersee DAC Reserve wines are multi-layered, opulent Zweigelt wines or Zweigelt-dominated cuvées displaying a clear aroma spectrum reaching from black cherries via black berries to elderberries. Spiciness and mineral notes complement the fruit. In combination with the finely grained tannin, a tightly knit structure and juiciness on the palate result. The Reserve wines enter the market after more than a year of maturation and have a great ageing potential.
The Neusiedlersee DAC region encompasses the political district of Neusiedl am See except for the communities Winden and Jois. It reaches from the north via the east banks of the Neusiedlersee and presents a winegrowing area of 6.675 hectars, 1.812 of which are planted with Austria's most common red variety Zweigelt. This makes it the largest region with wines of protected origin in Burgenland. The terroir is characterized by sandy, loamy soils with a various proportion of gravel. Furthermore gravel with a high or low proportion of chalk as well as salty and light sandy soils may be found here.
The Neusiedlersee DAC region lies in the core of the Pannonian climate zone which is characterized by hot, dry summers with moderate rainfall and cold winters with little snow. The Neusiedlersee, the largest steppe lake in Middle Europe, plays an important role for the micro climate. The large water surface heats up in summer and slowly gives up the stored heat during nighttime. The slight temperature drop during the night stimulates the development of a cool fruitiness and retains the necessary acidity, a characteristic feature of the wines. With the lake, the national park, its wonderful cycle paths, the regional gastronomy and attractive accommodation facilities, up to spa hotels, the region represents a real touristic highlight.
With its deeply fruity character, the wines magnificently pair the classic Pannonian cuisine such as beef strips in sauce or St. Martin's goose. Reserve wines perfectly combine with braised meat, venison or rich beef dishes. As balanced as they are, Neusiedlersee DAC wines are highly recommendable together with international dishes.
(Neusiedlersee DAC Reserve from 2010 vintage, Neusiedlersee DAC from 2011 vintage)
Zoning: Includes the political district of Neusiedl am See, except for the communities of Winden and Jois.
- Neusiedlersee DAC: Zweigelt
- Neusiedlersee DAC Reserve: Zweigelt or Zweigelt-dominated cuvée blend (minimum of 60% Zweigelt; rest must comprise of indigenous grape varieties)
Residual sugar: max. 4 g/l