WACHAU VALLEY, AUSTRIA

By Decanter

14 FEB 2014

Discover much more than just great wines from steep-terraced vineyards. Takes a short trip with Decanter from Vienna to explore this stunning riverside region.

Wachau fact file:

Total planted area: 1,350 hectares

Main grapes: Grüner Veltliner (52%), Riesling (16%), other whites (14%)

Leading viticultural towns: Spitz, Arnsdorf, Wösendorf, Joching, Weissenkirchen, Dürnstein, Loiben, Rossatz, Mautern

Main soil: Gföhl gneiss, a mineral-rich composition of migmatitic granite gneiss, quartz, felspar and mica, and parcels of loess

Quick links:

- Six of the best wineries to visit

- Where to stay, shop, eat and relax

- Tip of the day: Austria overview

Introduction:

With a view overlooking the River Danube and a plate of homemade apricot dumplings in front of you, the terrace of the Richard von Löwenherz restaurant is the perfect way to prepare yourself for an exploration of the Wachau.


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