The wine-growing region of Wagram received its new name in 2007, previously being known as Donauland. The 2,720 hectares of vines are planted in two distinct zones; to the north and to the south of the Danube. The northern, actual Wagram part, is a massive terrain that stretches some 30km along the northern bank of the Danube as far as Kamptal, and the areas towards the south, encompasses the quaint villages around the Tullnerfeld region as well as the historic wine town of Klosterneuburg, just outside Vienna.
The extensive geological features coupled with consistent weather and climatic patterns offer the prerequisites for producing full-bodied wines rich in aroma and flavour. Layers of loess formed in the Ice Age cover the substrate of marine deposits and river gravels (the name Wagram comes from "Wogenrain" meaning "shore") and shape the landscape. The Grüner Veltliner in particular, benefits with maturing hearty and spicy wines, with substance and drinking pleasure in the classic and dry styles, as well as the rich, characterful Reserves.
The indigenous speciality Roter Veltliner provides long lasting wines and underlines the unique qualities of the region and its genuine natural resources. Leading producers will also cultivate some of the most opulent, full-bodied red wines in Niederösterreich, especially from the Zweigelt and Pinot Noir varieties, and the environmentally conscious commune of Grossriedenthal rounds off the range of wines with some outstanding Eiswein (ice wines). The self-confidence of successful producers rubs off on the whole Wagram region, motivating them to further improve quality, supported by tourism and highly rated restaurants. The quality has improved greatly, and Wagram is no longer considered an insider's tip, and the villages of Feuersbrunn, Fels, Kirchberg (with its vinotheque Weritas and a wide selection of Wagram wines) and Großriedenthal have long become firmly established as the destination of quality-orientated producers.
Klosterneuburg: Wine, enjoyment and culture
The country's largest privately owned winery, Stift Klosterneuburg, has played a formative role in Austrian wine. With a modern management and a contemporary technological infrastructure, this example will be used as a role model for the future, along with the Bundeslehranstalt für Wein und Obstbau (Federal institute for viticulture and pomology), the world's first viticultural and oenology school (founded in 1860), and today is a leading wine institution with internationally recognised standards for future winemaking generations. The wineries of Klosterneuburg cover a wide range of viticultural activities, from the small, family owned Heuriger to the large Sekt, or sparkling wine producers, all at the doorstep of Austria's capital city Vienna.