The winegrowing region Rosalia is located on the eastern slopes of the Rosaliengebirge – the Rosalia Range – which runs along the border between the states of Niederösterreich and Burgenland. There a Pannonian climate and sandy soils offer the perfect conditions for cultivating Blaufränkisch and Zweigelt, the two most prominent grape varieties of the region.
Promoted – shall we say – in 2018 from a Grosslage to a region, the most recently created specified winegrowing region in Burgenland can already look back on a long tradition of viticulture. More than 2,500 years ago, the indigenous Celtic people recognised the potential of Rosalia for growing grapes and making wine. Today there are 297 hectares of agricultural area planted to the vine, offering first and foremost a solid basis for assertive and spicy red wines, as well as fruit-forward rosé wines of great finesse.
There is no question that Blaufränkisch is the most prominent of the grape varieties planted in Rosalia, covering 60% of the 297 ha, followed by Zweigelt. The heavy soils yield opulent wines, which in their regional typicity demonstrate a fruit-forward nature, spice and a marvellous degree of finesse. Along with the red wines, rosé wines play a significant role here. For these wines, not only the region’s DAC varieties, but also additional red-wine vines – as long as they are Qualitätswein-approved varieties – come into play. The result, Rosalia DAC-Rosé, expresses itself ias fruity and refreshing, but also conspicuously spicy – regionally typical.
And in addition, Rosalia’s wide and unspoiled open spaces – some of which constitute the Nature Park Rosalia-Kogelberg – provide a home to rare varieties of fruit, strawberries and Spanish chestnuts, in addition to the potential for tourism offered by its proximity to the state capital Eisenstadt.