Burgenland wine region
This largely flat southeastern corner of Austria, on the border with Hungary, is known for serious reds and sweet whites.
The sweet whites come from the northern portion - the Neusiedlersee - which is named after the large shallow lake which dominates it. Mists from the lake encourage the growth of noble rot, shrivelling the grapes and allowing the production of luscious sweet wines such as the famed Ausbruch from the village of Rust. A wide variety of white grapes are grown here: Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), Traminer, Scheurebe, Chardonnay, and Welschriesling. Some rich spicy reds are also produced.
Further west, in the foothills of the Leitha hills, lies the Leithaberg DAC which known for its fruity, spicy red blends based on Blaufränkisch.
South of Leithaberg, the Mittelburgenland experiences hot summers and is the heartland for Austria’s reds, produced from the local varieties Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent, as well as Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. The Blaufränkisch wines now have their own DAC, created in 2005.
Further south still, in Südburgenland, the terrain becomes hillier and the climate slightly cooler. Some white Welschriesling and Weissburgunder is produced, but this is still largely red wine country, dominated by the Blaufränkisch-only Eisenberg DAC. This is centred around the village of Deutsch-Schützen on the slopes of the Eisenberg hill.
Decanting Club wines from: Burgenland
Wachter-Wiesler, 'Béla-Jóska' Blaufränkisch
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