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. Kremstal DAC was introduced in 2007, represented by vibrant and spicy Grüner Veltliner and delicate, mineral-driven Riesling. Kremstal DAC wines are available either in ‘classic’ refreshing medium-bodied bottlings or as rich, intense ‘Reserve’ wines.
The culturally rich and historic town of Krems has always had an affinity with wine production, articulated in a longstanding traditional viticultural heritage. Nowadays, the prospering town is home to young and dynamic winegrowers, an innovative wineproducing co-operative, a state-of-the-art oenological and viticultural college, as well as being the chosen location for the federal state Niederösterreich’s wine fair.
The town of Krems, especially the part called ‘Stein’, is geologically similar to the neighbouring Wachau (mostly weathered crystalline bedrock soils). It is therefore not surprising that both Grüner Veltliner and Riesling predominate, and wines with similar characteristics are also found in Senftenberg, as well as in the quaint wine villages along the banks of the eponymous little river Krems.
The vineyards to the east of Krems, toward the villages of Rohrendorf and Gedersdorf, have a completely different soil structure, one of deep loess terraces. This not only adds a certain appeal to the landscape, it also produces a softer, more opulent style of Veltliner. Beyond the southern bank of the Danube are the idyllic wine villages of Furth, Palt, Krustetten, Hollenburg, Oberfucha and Tiefenfucha, lying beneath the monumental Benedictine abbey Stift Göttweig, which was founded in 1072.
In contrast to Krems, a rather earthy and homey feeling prevails here, preserved by the quaint ‘Heuriger’ wine taverns. As with the winegrowing regions Wachau and Kamptal, Kremstal also has its fair share of special climatic conditions, with cool and humid northern breezes from the nearby Waldviertel interacting with warm and dry eastern winds from the Pannonian plain. Mouthwatering and elegant white Grüner Veltliner and Riesling wines, a lesser amount of Weissburgunder and supple, expressive red wines are typical for this historic winegrowing region on the banks of the Danube, that in addition to wine has a great deal of culinary delights and tourist attractions on offer.