The Weinviertel has not always had it easy. As the largest, and therefore quite inhomogeneous, winemaking region of Austria, it was named as the first Districtus Austriae Controllatus (DAC) in 2003. We have decided, for a number of reasons, to bottle our wines without the DAC designation of origin.
The Weinviertel is big and mighty. Its 15,800 hectares of vineyards are of course not all of a piece. Gneiss and granite are the dominant natural rocks here, but limy sandstone and slaty marl clay can also be found under our feet and the vines. That's how it looks around here.
The Pannonian Basin climate holds sway here! For thousands of years. "Pannonian" means that the Weinviertel is characterized by a thermally continental and, in terms of moisture, rather oceanic climate. That doesn't really tell you much? Us either. But most importantly, our grapes know what to do with:
a chilly annual mean temperature from +9 to +10 °C
an illuminating sunshine duration from 1,750 to 1,900 hours per year and
an annual accumulated precipitation from 400 to 600 mm, which makes us a little thirsty now and then.