Responsible for 33% of Austria's vineyard area, the Weinviertel is one of Austria's most recognized regions as it became the country's first classfied DAC in 2003 based upon the 2002 vintage.
The Weinviertel is most famously known for its Gruener Veltliner wines. Although the designated style of wine - pale yellow to pale green-yellow in color with peppery-spice and delicate fruit flavor integration has long since been the norm, this legal classification drew attention to Austria's indigenous grape thus putting the Weinviertel on the map.
Other important grapes within the region are Zweigelt, Blauer Portugieser and Welshriesling.
The Weinviertel is divided into three areas: western Weinviertel, northern Weinviertel and south eastern Weinviertel. Western Weinviertel is known for the city of Retz which features a historic labyrinth of underground wine cellars. This portion of the Weinviertel is known for both its reds and its white wines.
The north eastern section of the Weinviertel is important for Read more »