Kamptal / Kremstal
The beauty of Lower Austria along the Danube river flowing into Vienna is characterized by steep, rocky river banks covered with terraced vineyards - as steep as those found in the Mosel and the Côte-Rôtie baroque abbeys, and castles. Lower Austria is most important wine producing region in Austria and the 3 most important sub regions are Kamptal, Kermstal and Wachau.
Kamptal is home to the finest sparkling wine producers who also produce the finest white wine and are located around the town of Langenlois. Kremstal to the east was named after the 1,000-year-old town of Krems, and further west is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wachau centred around the 11th century Benedictine Abbey of Melk.
You will discover world class dry still and sparkling white wines especially featuring Riesling and Grüner Veltliner grapes. Grüner Veltliner wines continuously top the list of high-end white wines in professional blind tastings. They have identifiable aromas and flavors typical of the terroir. Good structure and alcohol and richer bodies, make them similar to Alsatian wines with good ageing potential.
Austria has its own classification to categorize the best quality wines. The highest-ranking geographical vineyard classifications are hand-harvested single-vineyard sites called Riedenwein, identifiable by their unique composition of microclimate and soil.
1ÖTW is the Premier Cru classification given to selected sites based on their geological and climatic make-up, producing above-average quality Grüner Veltliner and Riesling wines. In the sparkling (Sekt) classification there is an additional, three-tier quality pyramid with Reserve and Grosse Reserve at the top.
Most of Austria follows a wine classification systems based on ripeness and harvest “must” weight that parallels the German wine classification system based on “must” weight at harvest. Wachau uses a different system and “Smaragd” wines are the most sought after and have the potential to age for decades.
Still & Sparkling White Wine Discovery Tour