With over 4,000 hectares of vineyard, the Kamptal is one of Austria’s largest wine growing regions, it’s no surprise Austrian’ largest wine town, Langenlois, can also be found here. Numerous Heurigen and vinotheques are an added draw to the region’s heavy culture and tourism and these reflect the winemaker’s focus on the two primary grapes. Other villages of note in the Kamptal are Goberlsburg, Haindof and Zöbing among several others.
The wines grown in Kamptal are highly influenced by the terroir. The climate of the Kamptal region is a meeting place for the hot, Pannonian climate from the east and the cool climate of the Waldviertel from the northeast. This integration causes hot days and cool nights accounting for the highly aromatic and acidic wines of the region.
An added attraction within the Kamptal is the Loisium – an above-ground, futuristic visitor’s center that expresses the Kamptal’s symposium of innovation and tradition. The Loisium is both a vinotheque and a wine museum that runs through tunnels found under the establishment.
One of the most famous wine growing areas in the country, the Heiligenstein (meaning “hell-like), is found in the Kamptal and features soils dating back to 270 million years. These soils consist of desert sandstone and volcanic particles. Riesling vines grown on the steep, south slopes of the hill and produce strong, mineral wines with incredible aging potential.
Travel closer to the Danube and you will find loess and clay soils which allow for a wide variety of vines to be planted here including the flagship Grüner Veltliner, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and Zweigelt.
It’s not wonder the Kamptal is recognized as one of the country’s most prized regions. Anyone who’s ever tasted a wine from this region can contest that the fruity, minerally, acidic nature of the wines is a definite draw. The wines found here go beyond entry level expectations of Austrian varietals and show the consumer the varying potential.