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Domäne Wachau, Wachau

Domäne Wachau, in Wachau Valley, produces some of Austria’s finest wine.

Domäne Wachau is the rarest of things - a producer of significant volume with a strong focus on quality and produces some of Austria's finest wine.

Soil vitality and a healthy ecosystem are key to great wines. The 250 vintner families that they work closely with, cultivate vineyards; often in extreme conditions and in close collaboration with winemaker Heinz Frischengruber. They insist that all growers follow a complex, but sustainable and environmentally conscious cultivation programme, encouraging green cover between vines, biodiversity in the vineyards and a canopy management system that works with each year's weather conditions.

The Danube rover flows through the stunning Wachau Valley which is the coolest wine growing region of Austria. The combination of warm days, cool nights and ancient rocky soils create wines of precision, minerality and fantastic purity of fruit.

Steep, terraced vineyards hug the Danube which moderates the continental climate, preserving vital flavour and acidity in the grapes. Loess and Gneiss soils give high levels of minerality and extract.

Much of the recent success at Domäne Wachau can be attributed to the dynamic young team at the winery headed up by Roman Horvath MW and winemaker Heinz Frischengruber. 

The team have also made a vital contribution to the preservation of the Wachau Valley as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, made so as vine cultivation here can be traced to Celtic times. The dramatic, steep, terraced vineyards make it a challenging place to grow vines and, without their efforts, many of the vine growers would have abandoned the vineyards, losing in the process centuries of tradition as well as many of Austria's top viticultural sites.

The result of their efforts are wines of exceptional aroma, texture and length that combine drinkability with substance, structure and aromatic expression.