With its 28,000 hectares of vines, Lower Austria is the country's leading wine region. More than two millennia old, this region combines tradition and innovation like nowhere else. Thanks to an exceptional terroir that allows them to fully express their talent, the winegrowers of Lower Austria establish the reputation of their region throughout the world.
Its name may come as a surprise given that Lower Austria is located around Vienna, in the northeast of Austria. But the region does not take its name from its latitude but from the low altitude at which it is located. Eight sub-regions make up Lower Austria, including the famous Wachau and Kamp valleys, the latter also known as Kamptal.
The Wachau is the most famous of them, in particular thanks to its exceptional terroir which runs along the Danube and to the particularly meticulous growing of Grüner Veltliner and Riesling. The prestigious Vinea Wachau Nobilis Districtus association, which includes many estates such as Domäne Wachau and Weingut Emmerich Knoll, ensures the quality of the wines from these Lower Austrian vineyards.
The Kamptal produces great Austrian wines of equivalent quality to those of the Wachau. This terroir is distinguished by the immense rock around which are housed ancestral vines from which very fine wines are produced. In addition, the wines of Kamptal benefit from a southern exposure which gives them a lot of character as illustrated so well by the wines of the Loimer estate and Weingut Bründlmayer.
However, the six other sub-regions of Lower Austria have nothing to envy in these two emblematic vineyards. Each of them embodies its very unique terroir. It is therefore very natural that talented winegrowers, like Roman Josef Pfaffl of the Pfaffl estate, settled there in order to put their great know-how at the service of prestigious vineyards.