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
Krems Valley (marketed with its German designation "Kremstal") is a winegrowing region extending on both sides of the Danube around the venerable wine town of Krems. Viticulture has been practiced here for centuries and wine is still omnipresent in Krems. The Krems Valley is one of Austria's oldest wine regions and stretches northward from Krems, the eastern gateway to the Wachau. For centuries, vines have been cultivated in the fertile primary-rock and especially loess soils.
The 2,250 hectares of vineyards can be divided into three microclimatic zones - the town of Krems, the area to the north and east of Krems, and a few small wine villages to the south of the Danube. Spicy Grüner Veltliners and elegant mineral-forward Rieslings are common to all three and typical of the Krems Valley. Besides the fresh classic line, wine lovers can also look forward to powerful Reserve wines. Since 2007, wines from this region have borne the designation Kremstal DAC - as a sign of top quality typical of the region.
Stratzing Cellar-lined Lane Festival
The picturesque cellar-lined lane in Stratzing in the Krems Valley spruces itself up every year to host its cellar-lined lane festival. The local wine makers and cellar owners have a host of culinary delights and fine wines in store for visitors.
Dates in 2020: August 14 - 16
Eichbühel Wine Festival
This most scenic wine festival in the Krems Valley is the one at the Eichbühel hilltop vineyard in Krustetten. For three days in August, visitors can delight in the wonderful panorama and superb wines.
Dates in 2020: August 7 to 9
Krems-Thallern Cellar-lined Lane Festival
In early September, Krems Valley wine makers from Thallern, the section of Krems south of the Danube, offer typical delicacies and regional wines at the traditional cellar-lined lane festival.
Dates in 2019: September 6 - 8
Weinherbst Vineyard Hike
The cellar-lined lane guide Christian Krappel offers a five-hour hike through the loveliest vineyards in Rohrendorf in the Krems Valley. Accompanied by wines from the vineyards that are visited.
Date in 2019: September 28
Wine Christening in Krems-Thallern
It is a custom on St. Martin's Day to christen the new vintage, which becomes the heuriger (this year's wine) the next year. In November, wines from Krems-Thallern are christened and tasted for the first time in quaint Fuchsleitenstadl.
Date in 2019: November 11
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.