Wachau White wines
The Wachau is the most famous white wine cultivation area in Austria. The scenic river landscape with the steen terrace vineyards between Melk and Krems in Lower Austria produces first-class Grüner Veltliner and Riesling , which have a great finesse and depth and are very long-lived. The Gruner Veltliner is the most important variety of the Wachau with 51% of the total vineyard area. Red wine varieties play only a subordinate role with only 5% of the cultivated area.
The members of the "Vinea Wachau" use their own predicate names. "Steinfeder" stands for very light and fresh dry wines, "Federspiel" are the medium-weight wines, "Smaragd" denotes the most powerful and long-lived top wines of the Wachau. In the meantime, however, more and more winegrowers are also establishing themselves in the top quality league, which do not use this system.