If you’re into richer, more powerful fruit-driven style of the now-famous Gruener Veltliner grape, you’ll probably love those that come from the Wagram. In recent decades, young, innovative winemakers have taken this region from a generally low-quality wine producing area to one of Austria’s top regions in Lower Austria.
The Wagram, known as Donauland until 2007, is one of Austria’s smaller wine regions contributing to 5% of Austria’s total wine area, with only about 2500 hectares under vine. It is divided into two distinct areas:
1. The norther portion that stretches along the Danube until it meets the edge of Kamptal where most of the area total vine coverage can be found.
2. The southern portion of the area that lies just outside of Vienna.
This region shows generally consistent weather patterns that allow for “textbook terroir-driven” wines that benefit from the predominately loess soils. Historically, this region was the shore of the tropical ocean that covered much of Europe and, as a result, ancient fossils are still found in the soils that ultimately contribute to the minerality and salinity of the wines grown here.
Like most of lower Austria, this region is known for its dry white wines, in particular Roter Veltliner in addition to the Gru-V grape and Riesling. Some producers also focus on the production of red wines such as Zweigelt and Pinot Noir and Eiswein.