Excavations around St. Martin’s Church in Klosterneuburg verify that wine was being grown here back in the 8th c.
Winegrowing has been the most important source of income in this town for centuries. This romantic wine town so steeped in history is situated just beyond the Vienna city limits, where the Danube breaks through between Leopoldsberg and Bisamberg, between the vineyard-covered spurs of the Vienna Woods and the Danube wetlands. The area around the city is in the Donauland wine region and offers superb conditions for excellent winegrowing.
Klosterneuburg has a population of more than 32,000 and includes the cadastral communities of Weidling, Kierling, Kritzendorf, Höflein, Maria Gugging and Weidlingbach. Its strengths are the scenic landscape of the Alpine slopes in the Vienna Woods into the Danube Valley and their side valleys. For all that, the town is only about 12 km from the Austrian capital of Vienna.
Besides these advantages, Klosterneuburg boasts the world famous monastery of the Augustinian Canons with Austria’s largest wine estate. No less famous is the LFZ Klosterneuburg, an education and research center on viticulture and fruit-growing.
- Grüner Veltliner
- Grüner Veltliner is a natural cross between Traminer and St. Georgen. It is by far the most important white grape variety in Austria and runs the quality gamut from light wines with pronounced acidity to mature premium vintages.
- Riesling is a natural cross between Weisser Heunisch, Vitis sylvestris and Traminer. The dominant aromas in Rieslings are notes of stone fruit reminiscent of peach, apricot und exotic fruits.
- Weissburgunder is a mutation of Grauer Burgunder. Young wines are flowery with a zesty acidity; aged wines take on flavors reminiscent of bread and nuts.
- Chardonnay, also known as Morillon, is a natural cross between Burgunder and Heunisch. Chardonnay is also the underlying wine for champagne production.
- Grauburgunder, also known as Pinot Gris or Ruländer, originated in Burgundy, a region of France. The variety has high sugar content, making it well-suited for Spätlese and Auslese.
- Blauburgunder, also known as Pinot Noir, is a natural cross between Schwarzriesling and Traminer. The typical nose is understated, with a range of flavors extending from strawberry and raspberry to sour cherries and prunes.