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  • Weingenuss Ruine Senftenberg © Martina Siebenhandl
  • Die Weingärten der Wachau mit Blick auf Spitz an der Donau
  • Gemeinde Spitz in der Wachau
  • Genuss in der Kellergasse © Martina Siebenhandl
  • Weinfrühling in der Wachau
  • Weinstöcke im Frühling, Wachau
  • Marillenblüte in der Wachau
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Grand start: Wine Spring along the Danube The Danube in Lower Austria

Spring on the Danube, a movie waiting to be made

In many respects, life along the Danube seems a bit grander, a bit more precious and international than elsewhere. In the springtime sun, this riverscape makes a perfect setting for heart-warming regional movies, documentations and romances. Enjoyment takes center stage.

In the spring, more winegrowers open their doors and cellars than at any other time of the wine year to let the public taste their new wines.

This season is known as Wine Spring (Weinfrühling) and is celebrated with a variety of delightful wine events throughout the Danube wine regions in Lower Austria. On the weekends from mid-April to mid-May, the new vintages are the stars in the four wine valleys Wachau, Kremstal, Kamptal and Traisental as well as at Wagram and Carnuntum.

Foretaste of Wine Spring 2019

wachau GOURMETfestival 2019

The wachau GOURMETfestival has become well-established in the region in recent years and stands up to a comparison with any events of this kind internationally.
The festival is unique in two respects. First, it uses top wineries in the Wachau, a UNESCO World Heritage landscape, as its venues. Second, it brings in top international chefs who help to maintain the festival's fine reputation and spread it beyond the borders of Austria.
The wachau GOURMETfestival is broad in its orientation, offering everything from gourmet packages for novices to high-end events of the finest caliber.
Dates in 2019: March 28 to April 11

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Weinkost im Weingut Franz & Christine Netzl, Göttlesbrunn, Römerland Carnuntum

Tasting the new wine in Göttlesbrunn

Göttlesbrunn is a wine village located in Carnuntum, a wine region especially well-known for red wines. The village's winegrowers open their cellar doors and tasting rooms in April to present their latest vintages to lovers of fine wines.
Dates in 2019: April 27 and 28

Losgelös(s)t im Kloster Und © Johannes Kitzler

Losgeloes(s)t

The name of the winegrowers association "losgeloes(s)t" is a play on words. Loess is the typical soil of the region; "losgelöst" means liberated. Rohrendorf and Gedersdorf winegrowers from the Kremstal wine region present their new wines at Und Monastery in March.
Date in 2019: March 23

Weinfrühling im Kamptal

Wine Spring in Kremstal, Kamptal and Traisental

One weekend - three wine regions - 220 winegrowers: At the end of April, selected winegrowers from the three valley wine regions Kremstal, Kamptal and Traisental open their cellar doors to let visitors taste their new vintage as well as older ones. A single ticket allows admittance in all three valleys!
Dates in 2019: April 27 and 28

Frühlingserwachen am Wagram

Spring Awakening on Wagram

For a whole weekend, the winegrowers in Wagram celebrate their "Spring Awakening". "WAGRAM OPEN" is the kickoff event on May 3.
As mentioned earlier, this wine region has a special geological feature: 20-meter-high deposits of loess. Natural cellars were dug in this soil in earlier times and it is ideal for Grüner Veltliner in particular.
Dates in 2019: May 4 and 5

New Vino Wagram, 2017 © Jürgen Pistracher

New Vino Wagram 2019

New Vino Wagram is a day-long event in Kirchberg am Wagram that focuses on tasting the new wines of the regional winegrowers from the Wagram wine region.
Date in 2019: March 30

Weinfrühling in der Wachau

Wachau Wine Spring

The Wachau is an internationally renowned wine region with unique stone terraces and is best known for its white wines. During Wachau Wine Spring in early May, more than 100 member winegrowers of Vinea Wachau invite the public to stop in and taste the latest vintage.
Dates in 2019: May 4 and 5
Our tip: Map of single vineyards in Wachau wine region

Gäste beim Heurigenbesuch im Sommer

Tour de Vin

Every year on the first weekend in May, the Tour de Vin is held in the Kremstal, Kamptal, Traisental and Wagram wine regions. The 33 member wineries of Traditionsweingüter Österreich open up their cellars at this time. The Tour de Vin button is available for EUR 25 from any member winegrower. Once bought, the button allows the wearer to taste wine in all participating wineries and attend a host of special events.
Dates in 2019: May 4 and 5

Loess Spring at Wagram

About 35 winegrowers in the Wagram region have joined together to celebrate spring and to present the new wines produced the previous year!
Dates in 2019: May 3 to 26

Easter Festival Imago Dei

Every year during the weeks leading up to Easter, Imago Dei offers a diverse lineup of special events in the medieval Klangraum Krems, formerly a Franciscan church.
Dates in 2019: March 29 to April 22

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Alexander Goebel auf der Bühne

Ybbsiade

The biggest cabaret and cultural festival in German-speaking Europe has been staged for decades. Every year in May, crowds flock to the Danube town of Ybbs to cheer on top-flight artists and young new talents.
Dates in 2019: March 29 to April 27

Donaufestival

Donaufestival has established itself nationally and internationally as an exceptional showcase for new types of art that transcend traditional genre boundaries. Art and music lovers are warmly invited to attend the festival in Krems on selected weekends in April and May.
Dates in 2019: April 26 to 28, May 3 to 5

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Winegrowing regions along the Danube

Viticulture has an ancient history in the Danube Valley. This wine culture can be experienced daily along the Wachau, Kremstal, Kamptal, Traisental, Wagram and Carnuntum wine routes and in the Klosterneuburg winegrowing regions.

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Tour tips for the spring

Whether your are hiking or cycling, the spring months are such an inviting time for touring the Danube region of Lower Austria and watching nature reawaken.
Our tip: Book hiking packages that include luggage transport!

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