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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  • Grüner Veltliner

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

  • Zweigelt

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Weingut Josef Jamek

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

  • Weingut Leo Alzinger

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

  • Rudi Pichler

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

  • Domäne Freie Weingärtner Wachau

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

  • Nikolaihof

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

  • Prager Winery

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

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

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

    Wine review by anchca


  • Nikolaihof Gruner Veltliner Hefeabzug 2013

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    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

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    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


  • Rainer Wess Riesling Wachauer 2008

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    Wine review by ZETA


  • Winzer Krems Grüner Veltliner Thalland 2007

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    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


  • Wachau Gruner Veltliner Terrassen 2011

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    Thai curry vegetablescrystal clear/emerald tonespice, yellow apple, pear, peach, bananaclean md body smooth and round - lusciousmed acidity Read More

    Wine review by Merindadk


  • Karl Lagler Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Burgberg 2011

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    Pops on the nose with an early rush of yeastiness followed by aromas of mineral talc, violet floral notes, light hints of peach and tangerine topped with a light minty note.This enters the mouth with a fair amount of richness and intensity, very round on the palate though with nice mineral/acid cut. There's a lot of peppery flavor here along wit... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Grüner Veltliner Kremstal Exclusiv Frauengrund 2010

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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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