The Wachau apricot ("Wachauer Marille") is a specialty known and recognized throughout Europe. It is one of the few Austrian products protected as its own brand within the EU. Anyone who has sampled apricots originating from different regions will immediately notice the special traits of Wachau apricots. They are so nice and plump and have a fine flavor that comes to the fore especially when they are made into jams, brandies or liqueurs. Apricots have a key part to play in dessert cuisine. Apricot dumplings and apricot strudel are just two delectable examples.
Since 1996, this local apricot has been known by a protected designation of origin within the EU as "Wachauer Marille".
"The unmistakable quality of the 'Wachauer Marille' stems from the climate and soil in the region as well as a growing tradition dating back over a century. The interaction of various climates (Pannonian and Waldviertel climates, right next to the Danube River) together with the great differences between day and night temperatures, particularly when the apricots are ripening ... has a direct effect in terms of forming the taste, aroma and composition of the fruit. ... In the spring, the landscape is completely transformed by apricot blossoms, and this in turn means that the product has enormous significance for the Wachau in terms of tourism."
(Quoted from "Wachauer Marille" amendment application to Council Regulation (EC) No 510/2006.)