As in neighbouring Wachau and Kremstal, the primary grape varieties are Grüner Veltliner and Riesling, grown on some 3,800 hectares of primary rock, loess, and clay soils.
During the day, the hillsides are heated by the sun's rays, whilst at night they are cooled by the fresh breeze from the Langenlois to the north.
The region is dominated by a high-lying area known as the Heiligenstein, documented as long ago as 1280 as “Hellerstein”, or Hell Rock, because of the burning sun it enjoys which is perfect for ripening grapes. I've been there in June, it's hot all right! Daytime sun warms the hillsides while at night the vineyards are cooled by the river and fresh breezes from the north.
White grape varieties develop a spicy aroma, a fine acidity and a crystal-clear mineral character. Reds develop fine berry tones with delicate fruit and are among Austria’s most elegant.