Niederösterreich (Lower Austria)

Kremstal The 2,243 hectares of vineyards in Kremstal are divided into three different zones, starting with rocky soils in the original Kremstal river valley and the historic town of Krems, along with Stein that joins the Wachau in the west, then moving on to the deep loess cover towards the east of Krems, and finally the southern bank of the Danube opposite Krems, around the magnificent Stift Göttweig monastery. Kremstal DAC was introduced in 2007 and stands for the vibrant and spicy Grüner Veltliner and for delicate, mineral-rich Riesling wines. Kremstal DAC wines are available either as in classic fresh medium-bodied styles or as rich, more intense Reserve wines.

The culturally rich and historic town of Krems has always had an affinity with wine production with a long and traditional viticultural heritage. Nowadays, the prospering town is home to joung and dynamic winemakers, an innovative wine co-operative, a state of the art oenolgy and viticultural college, as well as the chosen location for the federal state wine fair for Niederösterreich.

The town of Krems, especially the part called "Stein", is geologically similar to the neighbouring Wachau (mostly weathered bedrock soils). It is therefore not surprising that both Grüner Veltliner and Riesling dominate, and wines with these mineral qualities are also found in Senftenberg, as well as in the quaint wine villages along the banks of the small river Krems.

The vineyards to the east of Krems, towards the villages of Rohrendorf and Gedersdorf, have a completely different soil structure of deep loess terraces. This not only adds a certain appeal to the landscape, it also produces a softer, more opulent style of Veltliner. Beyond the southern bank of the Danube are the idyllic wine villages of Furth, Palt, Krustetten, Hollenburg, Oberfucha and Tiefenfucha, lying beneath the monumental Benedictine Stift Göttweig monastery, which was founded in 1072.

Contrary to Krems, there is a real down to earth feeling here, preserved by the quaint 'Heuriger' wine taverns. As with the Wachau and Kamptal wine-growing regions, Kremstal also has its fair share of special climatic conditions, with cool, humid northern breezes from nearby Waldviertel coliding with warm, dry eastern winds from the Pannonian plain. Mouthwatering and elegant white Grüner Veltliner and Riesling wines, but also Weißburgunder and supple, expressive red wines are typical for this historic wine-growing region on the banks of the majestic Danube, that apart from wine, has a great deal of other culinary aspects and winetourism attractions on offer.