Traisental is the most recent addition to the viticultural map of Austria, and with a mere 815 hectares figures among the smaller winegrowing regions. In contrast, its wines are in no way small, particularly the opulent and generous Grüner Veltliner. Its quaint wine villages still are home to the long-established tradition of Buschenschanken (wine taverns), and the larger towns such as Traismauer and Herzogenburg offer a deeper glimpse into the region’s history. The designation Traisental DAC was introduced with the 2006 vintage, represented by fruity & spicy Grüner Veltliners and impressive mineral-driven Rieslings.
Grüner Veltliner represents the greatest proportion of grape varieties planted with a share of sixty per cent, more than in any other Austrian winegrowing region. Riesling is also a significant speciality of Traisental. The vines are predominantly planted on narrow terraces with dry and quite calcareous gravel soils, giving the wines quite a unique flavour profile characterised by a full body and concentrated structure. The mineral framework supports the flavour and vibrant acidity, giving the wines potential for long-term aging. The particular climatic factors, where the influence of the Pannonian plain meets the cool breezes from the Alps result in warm days and cool nights, create the perfect recipe for precise, delicate aromas and elegant spice.
The Traisental is also a popular destination for wine enthusiasts, hikers, cyclists and those interested in culture. It is here that evidence of grape pips, dating back as early as the Bronze Age – well before any Roman influence – were discovered and confirm the existence of viticulture in ancient times. Furthermore, the nearby town of St. Pölten (capital of the federal state of Niederösterreich) offers a wealth of modern cultural opportunities, and from this most southerly point of Traisental, there is a countless number of picturesque roads leading to idyllic wine villages and their Heuriger: Statzendorf, Unterwölbling, Oberwölbling, Nussdorf, Reichersdorf, Getzersdorf and Inzersdorf, on up to Stollhofen, Frauendorf and Gemeinlebarn.
A new generation of dynamic winegrowers recognise the importance of Traisental DAC as being the signature wines for the region. These estates play a vital role in making this matchless style famous beyond the boundaries of Austria, reaching new export markets and introducing these memorable wines to international wine critics and discerning journalists.