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Domäne Wachau, Wachau

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

In the coolest wine growing region in Austria and on terraces that look down upon the famous Danube river, Domaine Wachau makes its home. The precipitously steep vineyards are stitched together by dry stone walls and it is amongst this challenging, yet beautiful, environment that Roman Horvath MW and oenologist Heinz Frischengruber work their magic.

The strong diurnal changes of temperature coupled with the mineral rich soils all play their part in making this ideal territory for Gruner Veltliner and Riesling. Turning a cooperative winery with great potential into a winery that is model for sustainable winemakers the world over, the Wachau team not only have an inspirational landscape in which to work, but are at the heart of a winery which is an inspiration for so many others.

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.