Austria - Grüner Veltliner - Wachau
The Wachau is a region along the north shores of the Danube to the west of Vienna. It is an area of outstanding beauty with dramatic scenery along the Danube river valley. It is centred around the Baroque masterpiece of Melk and stretches for some 30km, encompassing towns including Spitz an der Donau, Joching, Weissenkirchen, Dürnstein, Loiben and Mautern.
It is also widely accepted as the source of the most desirable Austrian white wines. Not only are the wines sublime, but the countryside is also beautiful, with apricot orchards and steep terraced vineyards on both sides of the river melting harmoniously into medieval villages, with the Danube itself, some 200 metres wide here, providing a majestic backdrop to the beauty of the region.
The western end of the Wachau with cooler night time temperatures has the most elegant wines while the fuller-bodied and more powerful examples come from further downstream peaking around Loiben and Dürnstein.
The very best Wachau wines are however scarce, given the cult status of many producers.
Austria has a winegrowing heritage stretching back over three millennia and produces some of the best wines in the world, of unparalleled quality, from grape varieties not grown elsewhere.
Today you finally find a couple Austrian wines in most shops, and in restaurants. A good start, but not enough, as Austria has so much more to offer!
We offer wines from all the regions and have picked from the best growers in each winegrowing regions. All of these - except Stift Klosterneuburg - are family run - And Stift Klosterneuburg is in a class of its own. All offer wines of individuality, character, and outstanding quality
We wouldn't be the champions of Austrian Wines in the UK if we didn't cover all of its diverse regions. They are all here from the white wines of Wachau, Kamptal, Kremstal, Wagram and Weinviertel, through the magic of Vienna and the Viennese hills in Carnuntum and Thermenregion, all the way to Burgenland and Styria in the south. Enjoy!
Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Loibenberg Leo AlzingerAlzinger's warmest Grüner