The wine regions along the Danube in Lower Austria don their most stunning colors in the autumn, creating an irresistible backdrop for strolls through vineyards, to scenic spots and legendary hilltops.
This palette of colors is as diverse as Weinherbst itself, an array of events to celebrate wine and autumn along the Danube in Lower Austria. This is a chance to experience the many customs surrounding wine - authentic and down-to-earth. A chance to meet the wine makers and learn first-hand about their approach to wine - traditional yet innovative.
Numerous festivals - culinary and cultural, musical and literary - offer wonderful opportunities to celebrate the new vintage far into November.
Red-letter Dates in Weinherbst
The Kamp Valley and the wine road of the same name are in the very heart of Lower Austria. One unmistakable wine landmark is Heiligenstein, a hill sporting the top single vineyard in the region. Another must is the spectacular wine experience at the Loisium World of Wine.
This winegrowing region along the Kamp River (marketed with its German name "Kamptal") has 3,802 hectares of vineyards, making it the largest and most successful one in Lower Austria. Its primary-rock, clay and loess soils provide excellent conditions for grapes to enjoy vigorous and healthy growth. Langenlois is the center of the Kamp Valley and produces more wine than any other municipality in Austria.
Cellar-lined Lane Festival on Sauberg
In August, the wine makers of the Kamp Valley open their cellars in the cellar-lined lane, giving visitors a chance to taste wines and regional delicacies while talking shop with wine makers. This lane affords a unique vista of the wine metropolis of Langenlois and the LOISIUM.
Dates in 22020: August 28 to 30
Top Vineyards Presentation
At Grafenegg Castle in early September, wine lovers can sample any of about 140 Grüner Veltliners and Rieslings hailing from the best single vineyards and produced by 33 traditional wine makers.
Date in 2019: September 6
Night of Wine in the Kamp Valley
Around November 22, it comes time at Grafenegg Castle to review the wine year and present the top wines from the Kamp Valley - Grüner Veltliner and Riesling Kamptal Reserve DAC as well as award-winning reds singled out for the Kamptaler Zweigelt Preis. The traditional highlight is the awarding of the Kamptaler Weinpreis.
Date in 2019: November 22
What is a heuriger?
“Heurig” is an adjective in Austrian dialect that means “this year.” It refers to “this year’s” wine, i.e. the new wine, as well as to the winemakers’ premises where they are allowed to serve their own wine to the public along with simple down-to-earth foods. These heurige are typical of the wine regions in Lower Austria. A genuine heuriger is open only at certain times of the year. A few fir or conifer twigs hung out (ausgesteckt) at the entrance to the house indicate that the heuriger is open.
Primary-rock, clay and loess soils predominate in the Kamp Valley around Langenlois, the municipality that produces more wine than any other in Austria. Heiligenstein is a legendary single vineyard that is the source of several world-renowned vintages and affords an impressive view of the entire region. A special highlight for wine enthusiasts is the Loisium World of Wine, offering an underground tour through the world of winegrowing.