Do you already know Lower Austria, where vineyards line steep slopes along the beautiful Danube River? It is the largest wine-growing region for Qualitätswein. There is a colourful selection, from the famous peppery Grüner Veltliner from the Weinviertel to elegant reds from the Kamptal.
Indigenous varieties are always an asset to distinguish yourself as a wine country - though of course you give international grapes your own style, due to the soil and climate. In Carnuntum, for example, zweigelt and blaufränkisch form the basis for distinctive DAC wines. They are Austria's most popular red grapes, while the crisp grüner veltliner is considered the white variety. The white zierfandler and rotgipfler are unique indigenous varieties found almost exclusively in the Thermenregion.
What are all eight wine districts?
Carnumtum, Kamptal, Kremstal, Thermenregion, Traisental, Wachau, Wagram and Weinviertel. They cover a total of more than 27,000 hectares. You can also divide Lower Austria into three climate zones: the Weinviertel in the north, the Danube region west of Vienna, and Lower Austria with its Pannonian climate in the southeast.
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