Weinviertel is the largest wine region in Austria, which produces one third of the Austrian wine production; especially of white wines. The most typical varieties include in particular Grüner Veltliner, as well as the elegant Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc. Even red wines from this region have much to offer, especially the variety Zweigelt and Bluer Portugieser.
With the introduction of labeling DAC (Districtus Austriae Controllatus = Protected Designation of Origin) the wine area Weinviertel was the first in Austria, which started to mark the origin and grape varieties. A typical variety is Grüner Veltliner, dry wine with spicy fruit flavors and high quality, which can now fulfill all the required conditions to mark its origin as a Weinviertel DAC.
Weinviertel DAC is always Grüner Veltliner, which is characterized by a typical color from light yellow to green and a fruity, spicy flavor (pepper). The wine is dry (max. 6 g / l residual sugar) and must not show signs of woody savour or noble rot. The alcohol content must be between 12% and 12.5% vol. Wine with typical regional character and specific varietal characteristics - a hint of pepper ("Pfefferle") - is allowed to serve only from March 1st of the year following after the harvest.
Production of Weinviertel DAC Reserve started in Weinviertel region from 2009 vintage. The goal is still more typical flavor profile and increasing of the number of high quality wines that come on the market under the designation of origin Weinviertel.
Weinviertel DAC Reserve category is also characterized by a clear, region-typical taste profile of spicy (pepperly) Veltliner from Weinviertel. These wines also have the following features: dry, compact structure with a long aftertaste and a robust style, minimum alcohol 13.0 vol.% and they can also have a fine botrytic and woody tone.