Austrian Wine Regions: Weinviertel

Weinviertel landscape

About the region    

The Weinviertel, or "Wine Quarter" is a large region to the north of Vienna extending as far as the border with the Czech republic. For decades it was the edge of the Western World, right next to the Iron Curtain!

Although this is the largest winegrowing region in Austria, with almost 14,000 hectares of vineyards, it doesn't really seem like wine country as you travel around it, as it is also the breadbasket of Vienna. Vines are scattered on the hillsides and in the most favourable areas amongst other crops - lots of wheat, fruit trees and everything from asparagus to strawberries.

It's a fascinating region architecturally with mediaeval gems of towns such as Retz, with its stunning Baroque centre and miles of underground wine cellars. The region has many more charming wine villages and towns, many with "Kellergassen", streets lined with cellars resembling stuccoed houses. Interesting towns include Eggenburg, Falkenstein and Poysdorf, possibly Austria's most picturesque wine town.

Wine Statistics    

  • 32% of national production.
  • Cultivated area, 13,858 ha approximately .
  • 75.77% white and 24.23% red.
  • Average 33°C in summer and a minimum -14.1°C in winter.
  • Sun exposure,  1997 hours per year.
  • Average annual rainfall, 520mm with rainy days.
  • Lowest elevation 220 metres, highest 340 elevation metres.
  • Soils are loess, with clay, gravel and limestone and granite.

In 2003, Weinviertel was the first region to adopt a new classification system, "Weinviertel DAC", where DAC stands for "Districtus Austriae Controllatus". This is a bit like the French AOC system.

Terroir    

With a wide range of soils, Weinviertel is an area that can produce any type of wine. However, the predominance of loess soil means it is perfect for white grapes in particular with Grüner Veltliner dominating. For many Austrians, it is Weinviertel that is the quintessential style of the grape

Winemakers    

Grape Varieties    

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  1. Grüner Veltliner Mitanaund
    2014
    £17.33
  2. Riesling Innere Bergen
    Rating:
    60.0000%
  3. Chardonnay
    2011
    £15.12
    Rating:
    80.0000%
  4. Riedenthal Reserve
  5. Welschriesling
    2009
    Special Price £8.40 Regular Price £14.06
    Rating:
    90.0000%
  6. Chardonnay Triftberg
    2011
    £18.18
  7. Chardonnay Sandgrube
    2009
    £17.06
  8. Riesling Classic
    2010
    £16.30
  9. Gelber Muskateller
    Rating:
    80.0000%
  10. Eiswein Roter Traminer
    2009
    £37.32
  11. Grüner Veltliner Breiteln
    Rating:
    80.0000%
  12. Grüner Veltliner Weinviertel DAC
  13. Grüner Veltliner Zeiselbergen
    2009
    £16.12
  14. Zweigelt Eiswein
    Rating:
    100.0000%
  15. Zweigelt Profundo Selektion Karlsberg
  16. Riesling Rosenhügel
    2014
    £16.75
    Rating:
    90.0000%
  17. Grüner Veltliner Weinviertel DAC "Mitanaund" 2014
    £17.33
  18. Pinot Blanc
  19. Sauvignon Blanc
    2010
    £15.32
  20. Blauer Zweigelt
  21. Bergsatz
    2009
    Special Price £10.80 Regular Price £17.53
    Rating:
    100.0000%
  22. Neuburger
    Rating:
    70.0000%
  23. Traminer Sandgrube
    2009
    £17.06
  24. Roter Traminer
    2008
    £16.12
  25. Pinot Noir
  26. Grüner Veltliner Classic
  27. Grüner Veltliner Alte Reben
    2008
    £16.04
  28. Grüner Veltliner Weinviertel DAC
    2014
    £14.86
    Rating:
    100.0000%
  29. FL Classique
    Rating:
    90.0000%
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