Spotlight on a Wine Region: The Traisental

The Traisental region of Austria is found in the Niederösterreich section of Austria. Named a DAC in 2006 classifying its Gruener Veltliner and Riesling wines, the Traisental is known for white wines with “backbone and finesse.” Despite this classification, the Traisental is one of Austria’s smallest wine growing regions covering only 790 hectares with vine.

Over 60% of the vines found in the Traisental are Gruener Veltliner, covering more surface area per region than any other in Austria; Riesling is the second most widely grown variety. The full body, minerality and pronounced character of the Traisental’s wines is attributed to the calcerous gravel soils. Vines are grown on narrow trellises work to  accentuate the influence of the Panonian climate found in the Traisental.

Throughout the region, Buschenschanken wine taverns, also know as Heurgien, are still found offering locals and visitors a chance to experience history first hand. These taverns serve local wines from large barrels that is paired with typical Austrian fare. Other attractions include many outdoor activities such as cycling and hiking as well as many cultural activities. Grape pips were  found here that date back centuries – even before Roman influence.

Although small, this region is mighty and remains among the elite of Austria’s wine regions.

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