High quality wines in styles such as Spätlese and Auslese have optimal aging potential. As young wines, they demonstrate finesse with velvety residual sugar and a dynamic balance of fruit and acidity. The perfect climatic conditions in the northern and southern winegrowing regions set the tone for these beautiful creations.
If allowed to mature sufficiently – sometimes even up to decades – these wines become highly complex and harmonise perfectly with a wide range of foods. Just as varied are the grape varieties from which these wines are produced: aromatic Muskat-Ottonel from Burgenland; and (Gewürz-) Traminer, as well as Neuburger, Chardonnay and Weißburgunder, from the Steiermark (Styria). Refined variations of the wines feature Grüner Veltliner or Riesling, with both grape varieties cultivated in various winegrowing regions; also, there are Spätlese or Auslese wines produced from the varieties Zierfandler and Rotgipfler growing around Gumpoldskirchen. These wines perfectly complement light and fluffy desserts, for example Topfenknödel – dumplings made from curd cheese filled with fruit. Also these wines fit wonderfully to all kinds of cheeses, thus offering an extensive palette of flavour experiences. But the wines don't necessarily have to complement food; they are also a delicacy in their own right and can be enjoyed simply as a delicious, meditative glass of wine.