Wachau Wine

The Wachau is a wine-producing sub-region located in the far west of Austria’s Niederosterreich region. It is also Austria’s best wine-producing region. The grapes that display its greatness are Gruner Veltliner and Riesling. On loess soils, they show uncommon richness and decadence; on primary rock, they show grace and finesse. In 1983, several top growers, including such admired names as Jamek, Alzinger, F.X. Pichler, and Prager, formed the Vinea Wachau association. This association established three quality levels, based on ripeness, for the region’s wines. The lightest wines are called Steinfeder, the next ripest, Federspiel, and the ripest and richest of all, Smaragd. These are used only in the Wachau, but are very important, because many of Austria’s best wines carry these designations.

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Grüner Veltliner

    Grüner Veltliner (spelled Gruener when the umlaut is not present and also known as Weissgipfler, Manhardsrebe Grüner...

  • Pinot Blanc

    History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some source...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Zweigelt

    History of the grape:  Zweigelt was created in 1922 by Fritz Zweigelt at the Institute of Viticulture and Pomology in...

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  • Weingut Josef Jamek

    Embedded in the romantic landscape of the Wachau region and right next to the Danube, the classic...

  • Rudi Pichler

    Our family has been involved with viticulture in the Wachau for many generations. The main buildi...

  • Weingut Leo Alzinger

    For centuries, the conditions in and around Loiben have been ideal for producing superb wines, in...

  • Prager Winery

    Prager Winery & Port Works is located in the heart of the Napa Valley. We are a small family owne...

  • Nikolaihof

    Nikolaihof is the oldest wine estate in Austria, whose history goes back almost 2000 years to ...

  • Domäne Freie Weingärtner Wachau

    Domäne Wachau is one of Austria’s most established, yet most innovative wineries. The new team th...

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  • This is probably another waste of space on my part, but here goes just to keep ... bottlings and this Domaine Wachau 2016 Gruner Veltline Read More

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  • Rudi Pichler Weissburgunder Smaragd 2014


    Creamy vanilla, elderflower and apricot notes are full and firm on the nose with a definite spice. Fresh and juicy to start, this imparts full stone fruit flavors of peach, apricot and citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit with a refreshing burst of acidity giving a lot of brightness to the palate with just a hint of almond and biscuit towards th... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Weingut Emmerich Knoll Ried Kreutles Gruner Veltliner Federspiel Wachau Austria 2013


    Spice, bright, spring grass, melon, citrus, stone fruit, spring onion. Laundry soap. Read More

    Wine review by anchca

  • Nikolaihof Gruner Veltliner Hefeabzug 2013


    Mineral, spice, citrus with a bit of earth and a savory note that's interesting. Read More

    Wine review by anchca

  • SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: our origins and future in a single glance I am going to ... ... thing to hear. THE WACHAU: tremors in the pantheonAfter London, I met Alex Pitts (now the assistant winemaker of the Scholium Project) in Vienna, to begin an extensive tasting of Austrian wines and three days of visits to vineyards and wineries. Austrian whit... Read More

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  • Domane Wachau Gruner Veltliner Terraces 2012


    BIG score for value in this great white wine!! Fragrant nose with notes of peach/nectarine, lime, meyer lemon, and some floral notes too. Medium bodied...full-mouth coating with great zippiness from lots of well integrated acid. More of the same fruit cocktail on the palate - lots of nectarine and maybe some ginger too. Great length with a reall... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT

  • Beerenauslese Riesling Rainer Wess 2008


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Jamek Riesling Ried Klaus Federspiel Wachau Austria 2007


    Nase: leichtes petrol und honig im vordergrund, gummi, quitte. Gaumen: wahnsinn! Leichtes gummi, schöne kräftige säure, leicht bitter, sehr elegant, unglaublich langer abgang - fantastisch!! Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Rainer Wess Riesling Wachauer 2008


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    Wine review by ZETA

  • Winzer Krems Grüner Veltliner Thalland 2007


    Nice bottle of Gruner Veltliner, not quite as fresh or crisp as the Steininger but good for the price. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

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  • I was in the Wachau about tens years go and tried out many of the wines. They were excellent. Very nice Region. Lots of hospitality and good wine tasting. On top of all the good ines there is of course the grand Danube. Just loved it. Norbert Neumann Princeton. B.C. Canada

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