Erste Lage (First Growth) Designation

In May 2010, after nearly 20 years of consideration, the 23 members panel of the Association of the Traditional Vineyards of Austria (Traditionsweingüter Österreich) incorporated 52 vineyards from the 23 members within the Kremstal, Kamptal, Wagram and Traisental as Erste Lage or First Growth vineyards.

Austria’s incorporation of DAC law is strongly supported by the association, but it concerned the group that there was no specific recognition of single vineyards as there is in other countries. Ultimately, this classification is aimed at protecting the quality of the grapes while simultaneously helping Austrian wine consumers to recognize exceptional quality. Their philosophy, “Everyone knows that you can make a great wine only out of a great vineyard.”

Because of DAC regulation, only Riesling and Gruener Veltliner wines are allowed to carry the Erste Lage symbol (see photo.) The 2010 vintage will be the first to carry this designation.

The members of the association can be found here; the vineyards here.