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The Neusiedlersee hugs the borders of Hungary and Carnuntum and is one of Burgenland’s  northernmost regions. Despite our pairing suggestion, the Neusiedlersee region is most famous for their sweet wines made from Welshriesling and wines made from the red, Zweigelt. The area is home to 7,649 hectares of vines that experience long hours of sunshine and an even longer growing season due to the hot, dry summers and cold winters the region experiences.

Here Botrytis is prominent not only because of the lake’s proximity to the vineyards, but additionally by the many salt lakes present throughout the vineyard plots. These bodies of water create high humidity and regular autumn fog which lead to Austria’s famous high-quality dessert wines categorized as Beeranauslese and Trokenbeeranauslese. The long ripening season also accounts for the residual sugar found even in the regions dryer whites which are fruit-intensive and generally classified as Auslese or Späteles. Here, full-bodied, supple red wines are a favorite of the young, innovative winemakers of the area most notably in the villages ofGols, Heideboden and Seewinkel.

In addition to Welshriesling and Zweigelt, the Neusiedlersee is also home to Chardonnay, Blaufränkisch, St. Laurent and Pinot Noir which are vinified in a variety of styles.

– Description from Constance Chamberlain

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Neusiedlersee (or Lake Neusiedl, which sounds much more awkward) is a large, shallow lake in Austria’s Burgenland region that also gives its name to two of its sub-regions. The fog that the lake creates encourages botrytis. For this reason, Neusiedlersee is an important source of botrytized dessert wines. Grape varieties used include Traminer, Chardonnay, Welschriesling, and Furmint. Rust, the town famous for Ausbruch-style sweet wines, is located on the western shore of the lake. Today, the region, like the rest of Burgenland, is becoming known for quality red wines as well.

– Description from juliabutareva

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