Regional Spotlight: Kremstal

Vienna is the only major city in the world that provides direct, public transportation to its country’s major wine areas. Just take a short train ride from Vienna’s city center to the town of Krems and you will find youself smack dab in the midst of one of Austria’s best-known wine regions: Kremstal.

Kremstal’s winemaking areas can be found in the town of Krems, in communities to the East of the town and within small villages along the Danube.

Krems has a historical background of being one of Austria’s most well-respected regions and  has earned its reputation as an ambassador of Austrian wine. Krems is one of the oldest winemaking areas in Austria and it holds a certain historical, artistic and cultural background that is still prominent in the region. It’s no wonder that the Sandgrube 13 visitors center, an outstanding wine school, an innovative wine cooperative, the Kloster Und wine museum and the Niederoesterreich Wine Fair can be found here. Also found within the Kremstal region is the Stift Goettweig monastery located south of the Danube in the villages Furth-Palt and Hollenburg. This monastery is a well-known winemaking facility, producing a range of wines bright in fruit and acidity.

The Kremstal’s first-class winemakers are some of youngest in the country and are known for their contemporary winemaking techniques. Kremstal is known for its juicy, finesse driven white wines and dense, expressive reds. Gruener Veltliner and Riesling dominate the area and are grown in every winegrowing area of the Kremstal. Here Gruener Veltliner is best known as approachable with soft fruit and distinctive peppery notes while the Riesling is known for its fragrance and elegance.

Climatically, the region lies in the center of two conflicting climates: cool humidity of the Waldviertal from the west and dry warmth from the Pannonian plain from the east which account for the slight variation within areas of the Kremstal in conjunction with varied soils.

The Kremstal has approximately 2,250 hectares of vine growing area which are planted in a variety of soils, though the area consists mostly of weathered primary rock. However, unique wines are produced within many of the smaller villages such as Senftenberg and those situated closer to the Danube. To the East, the wines produced are known as fuller bodied versions of Kremstal’s excellent approach to Gruener Veltliner and Riesling, which are grown in massive loess terraces in villages such as Rohrendorf and Gedersdorf.

As one of Austria’s best regions, it’s only natural that the region hosts some of the country’s best names in wine such as Stadt Krems, Petra Unger, Weingut Salomon Undhof, Weingut Nigl, and Weingut Stift Gotweig to name a few.

Legal Specifications DAC
Kremstal dac (beginning with 2007 vintage)
Grape Varieties: Grüner Veltliner, Riesling
Styles: Classic: Submission of check numbers from January 1st of year following the harvest
Reserve: Submission of check numbers from March 15th of year following the harvest
Alcohol: Classic: min. 12 Vol %
Reserve: min. 13 Vol %
Taste profile: Grüner Veltliner: fresh, fruit-accented, fine spiciness; no Botrytis note; no wood tone.
Riesling: fragrant, stone fruit aromas, elegant, minerally; no Botrytis note; no wood tone.
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