Wachau Valley, Austria


Wachau: six top vineyards to visit

Editor's pick: check out six of the best Wachau vineyards to visit.

☆ Domäne Wachau, Dürnstein

The co-op accounts for a third of the Wachau’s total wine production and is managed by Roman Horvath MW and Heinz Frischengruber. The Baroque Kellerschlössl, the full programme of events and modern shop offer an experience for every discerning wine tourist.

☆ FX Pichler, Dürnstein

Franz-Xavier Pichler was a driving force behind the recognition of Wachau Grüner Veltliner and Riesling across the world. His son Lucas is now in charge of winemaking. Visit their ultra-modern winery, built beneath the legendary Kellerberg vineyard.

☆ Emmerich Knoll, Dürnstein

Knoll’s wine label depicts St-Urban, the patron saint of wine-growing. The 15ha estate is famous for its mineral-rich Rieslings, yet also produces specialities from Gelber Traminer and Muskateller. Enjoy its wines in the Loibnerhof restaurant, just off the cycle route.

☆ Franz Hirtzberger, Spitz

Franz Hirtzberger produces worldclass wines and is renowned for handpicking his Honivogl Grüner Veltliner and Singerriedel Riesling Smaragd wines as late as possible, often in December, when all the leaves have dropped.

☆ Peter Veyder-Malberg, Spitz

Veyder-Malberg founded his winery in Spitz in 2008, and has already been acclaimed for his organic Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners. His 30- to 50-year-old vines are grown according to old, labour-intensive Wachau traditions. Highly drinkable, age-worthy wines.

☆ Salomon-Undhof, Stein

Strictly speaking, this winery lies in neighbouring Kremstal, but was once part of the Wachau. Bertold and Gertrud Salomon offer a bespoke wine cellar tour. Try their old-vine Riesling Reserve from the Steiner Pfaffenberg, said to be one of Austria’s best sites.

Translated by Sylvia Wu / 吴嘉溦

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