Austrian Wine Regions: Kremstal

Kremstal landscape

The Region

Kremstal is one of the 5 regions that follow each other along the Danube: Wachau, Kremsal, Kamptal Traisental and Wagram. Kremstal follows the river Krems from the lovely town of Krems, up a winding with a couple impressive fortresses. The opposing bank of the river is also considered Kremstal. Being generally cooler than the Wachau, the wines show focused minerality. 

Wine Statistics

  • 5.9% of national production.
  • Cultivated area, 2368 ha approximately .
  • 80% white and 20% red.
  • Average 33.3°C in summer and a minimum -12.1°C in winter.
  • Sun exposure, 1815 hours per year.
  • Average annual rainfall, 545mm with rainy days.
  • Lowest elevation 220 metres, highest elevation 450 metres.
  • Soils are mainly loess, clay and linestone.

Kremstal Wine Grapes

some of the most typical varieties in Kremstal

Kremstal Wine Producers


Primary rock and mainly loess all around the traditional wine city of Krems - and across the river.

The 2,170 hectares of vines in the Kremstal produce wines dominated by Grüner Veltliner and Riesling, grown on primary granite rock in the west and clay and limestone (loess) in the east and south. Notable vineyards include the Kremser Pfaffenberg below the Baroque Monastery at Göttweig.

Christianity and spirituality

The Upper Krems Valley is a special region with mystical attraction which has always been an environment for a spiritual retreat. The region is dominated by ever present monasteries, always visible up high on the hills.

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