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Investigating Austria’s Wine Routes

Austria has a wine history going back to the Celts and Romans. We take you looking for Austria’s varieties of grapes, makers and wineries.

“Envision the congruity of a symphony, with no single instrument heard over another, this is the thing that we go for with our Weiner Gemischter Satz wine,” states Fritz Wieninger from his winery, in the drowsy edges of the Austrian capital.

Nussberg Hill, Vienna

The vintners of Austria are an exceptionally energetic breed. They are another age of wine creators delivering top notch items. They are spread out over the four primary wine districts of Niederosterriech (Lower Austria); Burgenland; Steiermark (Styria) and Vienna.

Putting a figurative arm over the eastern shoulder of the nation, these districts are characterized by extremely differing scenes, smaller scale atmospheres and exceptional grape assortments, for example, the mark Grüner Veltliner, the overwhelming grape of Austria and adored by restauranteurs and sommeliers.

Alongside this notoriety, comes another rush of “terroir” voyagers, prepared to investigate a wine history going back to the Celts and Romans yet additionally looking for Austria’s varieties of grapes, makers and wineries.

Vienna – a wine-creating capital city

With around 700 hectares of vineyards, Vienna is the main wine-producing capital on the planet, whose vineyards are all inside as far as possible. Viennese vintners, for example, Weininger and Mayer am Pfarrplatz are blending tradition with technology and above all, the grape assortments, to make the capital’s characterizing blend – Weiner Gemischter Satz (DAC) – a wine that has worldwide fame. The DAC is a mark of protected designation of origin, given to a wine delivered by a local grape local to a specific territory.

Nussberg Hill, Vienna

“Weininger” and winery “Mayer am Pfarrplatz” both have plots on the Nussberg Hill, a champion vineyard area giving staggering views over the capital. The lines of vines drop downwards before converging with Vienna’s emotional cityscape; the Gothic tower of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Riesenrad Ferris Wheel and the Danube River, all unmistakable.

Numerous wineries possess and run a ‘Heuriger’ (denoted as “the current year’s wine”) alluding to an Austrian wine-bar. It was Emperor Joseph II’s pronouncement of 17 August, 1784, that allowed each individual the benefit of moving “foodstuffs”, wine and juice delivered in-house consistently, that has advanced into the present Heuriger’s. For example, that possessed by Mayer am Pfarrplatz, and suitably named ‘Heuriger Beethoven’ was home to the Maestro in 1817.

The Wachau Valley – An UNESCO World Heritage territory

The powerful Danube bolsters, feeds and passes various vineyards, yet also gives a simple break from Vienna by pontoon or bicycle, as a wonderful way to dive into Austria’s wine culture.

Wachau Valley

Vienna’s neighboring wine districts offer a different vinicultural encounter, driven by changing scenery and seasons; none more so than the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site since the year 2000, close by the Kamptal and Kremstal towns, all overflowing with old-world appeal. Only 1-hour’s drive from Vienna, the steep sided valley, extends for 21 miles from Spitz to Loiben and makes various smaller scale atmospheres all along the winding and fantastic Danube River, whereupon streams a constant flow of voyagers.

The principle maker here is Domäne Wachau, a winery situated in the town of Dürnstein, home to only 200 occupants, and a business linked to 250 vintner families, producing some 2.5 m bottles a year. The Kellerberg vineyard ascends on a mosaic of porches behind the winery, known for creating prevalent Reislings and Grüner Veltliners. Reap must be finished by hand, yet those with the challenging undertaking are compensated with sensational vistas over the valley.

Domäne Wachau Winery

Directly below, the cutting edge winery remains by the “Florid Cellar Palace”, built in the early part of the 17th Century, while high above them both are the remnants of the Dürnstein Castle, in which Richard the Lionheart was held hostage in 1192. Etchings and frescos circle the stately rooms. Below ground, a 1km underground basement changes grape to wine mirroring the one of a kind Wachau Valley floor.

Close by a progression of oak barrels a bust of ‘Diplomat Leopold Figl’ stands proud. He was a regular visitor to the basement for arrangements that prompted the State Treaty for the re-foundation of an Independent Austria after the Second World War. The basement likewise presents more surprises, as a testing area, with one passage to what they consider Backstage wines that investigate new styles of Grüner Veltliner, arranged in “Solid eggs” and even a hand-cut stone barrel.

A short separation north-east of the Wachau Valley in Wagram, the Winery Fritz Salomon has had wine and viticulture at their recorded Manor ‘Oberstockstall’ since the start of the twelfth Century. The Salomon family have possessed the home for 150-years and develop their grapes in a portion of Wagram’s most seasoned vineyards, as indicated by biodynamic standards. The old basement creates a different scope of grape assortments, from Grüner and Reisling to Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.

Wine and Architecture

At the focal point of the Kamptal district in Lower Austria, on the edge of the beautiful town of Langenlois is the Loisium – university of wine – a guest focus, vinotheque (wine shop) and gallery. It is a vivid building, which joins tastings with visits and housed in a pioneer 3D structure designed by Steven Holl. The building’s steel cladding mirrors the daylight and the Kamptal districts standard warm days and cool evenings, which create wonderfully adjusted white wines.

Loisium – Wine World

The vineyards’ geometric lines, cunningly follow the perfect columns of vines, slanting delicately south towards the town’s memorable housetops and church tower. It also points toward the underground wine basements whose burrows go back somewhere in the range of 900 years and tell the account of the winemaker’s life in a past time, and furthermore the advanced creation of both wine and sparkling wine.

Another prestigious wine administration is the House of Esterházy known the worldwide, a wine maker whose innovative winery is in clear view of the Esterházy Palace dating to the 17th Century, a connection between family legacy and what’s to come. What’s more, their near future is on the Leithaberg side of slopes, with another south-bound vineyard being set up to make Chardonnay.

Austria’s wine pioneers

Characteristic wines have been developing in notoriety and Austria is creating probably the best. Winery Meinklang in Burgenland has grasped biodynamic wine generation since 2001, getting tied up with the cozy connection between natural cultivating forms, the creation of wines and keeping that close family circle firmly turning. This incorporates filling dairy animals’ with crisp grass and getting regular manure, just as clinging to the astronomical schedule.

Meinklang, Bio-various wines

Niklas Peltzer of Meinklang Winery says that “fake yeasts and fake maturation executes the first terroir” and Meinklang’s ethos is to give the wines a “genuineness and legitimacy so as to make a high quality item” without compound control.

Meinklang Farm

Winery Gruber Röschitz, situated in the Western piece of the Weinviertel district (Austria’s greatest wine-delivering territory) is claimed and kept running by a trio of kin. They are youthful, aggressive and proud of their family’s agrarian roots extending back 200-years and wine development since the 1950s. Ewald Gruber, the oldest of the kin is a firm adherent to the natural generation of wine; “the wine ought to be made in the vineyard not the basement” he says indicating solid soils and vines.

Austria’s wine regions comprise of such a significant number of family-run homes, who still grasp parentage, custom and nature. What’s more, perhaps Pulker’s Heuriger in Rührsdorf, an unassuming street side wine bar, best typifies everything. After a staggering drive along the southern bank of the Danube, guests and local people can stop for a healthy farmers’ style lunch of succulent pork with crackling, washed down with a ‘Staubiger’ wine; an unfiltered smoky white wine that fits splendidly with the food, provincial vibe and Austria’s vinicultural scene.

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