Lower Austria (Nieder- Österreich) is one of the four broader regions
in the Austrian wine appellation system- the others being Burgenland,
Steierland and Bergland Österreich (in western Austria). A
significant proportion of Austrias wine output comes from the Lower Austria
region which lies on the fertile Danube plain in the north east part of the
Lower Austria encompasses the sub-regions of Carnuntum,
Donauland, Taisental, Thermenregion, the prolific
Weinviertel and the qualitative significant Kamptal, Kremstal and Wachau.
Weinviertel (aka wine quarter) is Austrias most productive and also largest
wine region, with over 17,000ha of vineyards. The Weinviertel extends from the
Danube in the south to the Czech border in the north, and from the Manhartsberg
in the west to the Slovak border in the east.
This is the stronghold of the fruity, spicy, dry Grüner Veltliner
grape. The Müller-Thurgau and Welschriesling grapes are also
cultivated, typically used for everyday, mass-produced wines. Welschriesling
and Grüner Veltliner are also the basis for basis for Viennas well-known
Created in 1985, the Thermenregion´s 2, 500 hectares of vineyards are
situated south of Vienna, at the edge of the Wienerwald (Vienna Woods)
near the town of Baden.
The region has a 2,000 years viticultureal heritage, introduced by Roman
legionnaires stationed in Carnuntum who imported vines and viticultural
knowledge from their home countries. The Thermenregion takes its name from the
hot, sulphuric thermal springs of the Roman town of Aquae which is Baden
This area is home to rare white grape varieties seldom found elsewhere
Zierfandler and Rotgipfler, supplemented by other Austrian varieties such as
Blauer Portugieser, and the Pinot Noir relatives St.
Laurent and Zweigelt.
Wines from the Thermenregion are soft, approachable, ripe and fruity, a fact
which reflects the growing conditions and the terroir in the region: Vines here
benefit from the Pannonian climate, with its hot summers and dry autumns, as
well as the stony, alluvial soil which assist in warming and draining the