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Best of Wachau

Best of Wachau

Wine & Vintners

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The Wachau is renowned for so many things, not least its outstanding wines.

Wachau is home to some of the most famous vineyards in all of Austria.

Many of these vintners also offer wine tastings and winery-direct sales.

So we hope you will take advantage of your stay at Burg Oberranna, in order to treat yourself to some of our region’s outstanding wines and an array of culinary highlights. And we are always delighted to assist with making the plans.h.

High quality wines

To emphasize the uniqueness of Wachau wines, they are classified into three categories:

Steinfeder is the name for light, fragrant wines from the Wachau wine-growing region. The Steinfeder (Stipa pennata) – the feather-weight grass found on the steep vineyards in the valley, gave these wines their name. The grapes are required to have a must weight of at least 15° KMW. The musts are always classically dry-fermented. The alcohol content of these wines is maximum 11.5 Vol.%, in other words, quite low. The Wachau is a wine-growing area that, due to its natural climate and soil conditions, allows the production of wines with such a low alcohol content, whilst still fulfilling the highest of expectations with regards to charm and richness of nuance.

Federspiel are those Wachau wines falling within the Kabinett classification, with a must weight of 17° KMW or more and an alcohol content between 11.5 and 12.5 Vol.%. Without exception, these wines are classically dry-fermented. They represent the mainstay of Wachau wines, distinguished by their fruity-charming character and their robust delicacy. The name Federspiel has its origins in the ancient means of retrieving the hunting bird during falconry – a traditional hunting practice reserved for nobility in the Wachau in former times. Federspiel wines are an extension of the Steinfeder category. Aside from general legal requirements, production is also subject to quality controls of the Vinea Wachau association.

Smaragd is a term first coined in 1986 for the best, most precious wines from the Wachau. These wines, with a minimum must weight of 18.5° KMW, only ripen in the sunniest vineyards. Emerald lizards feel especially at home amongst the terraced vineyards of the Wachau. On nice days, they soak up the sunshine right next to the grapevines. And so they became the symbol (Smaragd = Emerald) for those Wachau wines which attain perfect physiological ripeness. These particularly valuable wines, with an alcohol content of 12.5 Vol.% or more, are allowed to ferment until the natural fermentation ceases, and are always dry. The bottles are sealed with long corks (min. 49 mm), which are stamped with the vintage. These wines are a source of joy, even after being shelved correctly for 25 years. Wines labeled “Smaragd” can only be sold after May 1st of the year subsequent to their grapes having been harvested. The “Smaragd” wine category is an exceptional Wachau specialty, one subject to correspondingly stringent quality controls.

The Grüner Veltliner and the Riesling

The Grüner Veltliner is one of the oldest grapes in Europe, and comes from Lower Austria. Accounting for around one third of the total wine-growing area, it is the most frequently cultivated variety of white wine in Austria and thus, at least in matters of wine, the country’s most important specialty. The wines are described as fruity, lively and peppery, with a pleasant acidity and distinctive bouquet.

The Riesling is regarded as the world’s finest white-wine grape and, despite the fact that it ripens rather late, is most widespread in the northern wine-growing areas. The wines display a refined vibrancy, elegance and very high quality.

The Neuburger, which is increasingly cultivated in the area around Spitz, the Müller Thurgau and the Weissburgunder are other specialties of the Wachau. The Neuburger is a natural hybrid of the Grüner Sylvaner and Weissburgunder. The wines are regarded as full-bodied, robust and mild.

The Müller Thurgau owes its name to Swiss botanist Hermann Müller from the Thurgau. It was his attempts to cross the Riesling with a Silvaner which ultimately produced the Müller Thurgau grape. The Müller Thurgau is generally a well-rounded wine with low acidity, with a slightly musky bouquet and a mild flavor impression.

The Weißburgunder is the result of a cross between the Schwarzriesling and Traminer, which explains the genetic background behind the three different colors of grape. In their fragrance and their bouquet, these wines are somewhat restrained, though the top, most skillfully cultivated wines display a fine fruitiness and are very elegant. The Weissburgunder is definitely in the ascendency, especially at fine-dining establishments and wine specialty stores.

There are many other varieties in the Wachau, though they do play far less of a role. These include the Frühroter Veltliner, Muskateller, Chardonay, Muskat Ottonel and the unique reds Zweigelt and St. Laurent.

Vintners in the vicinity