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Lower Austria's most famous wine region - the Wachau valley - is defenitely a must-visit for any wine lover visiting Austria. But even besides the beautiful vineyards along the Danube the province has a lot to offer to oenophiles in training.

Vineyards along the Danube

Discover Lower Austria's wine regions

Day 1:

Lower Austria unfurls as a series of villages nestled along terraced hills near the winding Danube. Follow the river from Vienna until you find yourself face to face with something stunningly modern, surrounded by a region as old as time: the Loisium hotel and wine center, in Langenlois. Enjoy the spa and the on-site vinothek, take a stroll through the vineyards in the front and back, dive into the pool, and settle in, finally, for a lovely dinner under the stars at the hotel’s gourmet restaurant.

Day 2:
Make your way to Dürnstein, an ancient town perched on a steep hill overlooking the Danube. Hike to the top to get a stunning view of the Wachau - and inspect the ruins of the Kuenringerburg Fortress, where Richard the Lionhearted was reportedly imprisoned in the 12th century. Tramp back down the hill and head over to the nearby Loibnerhof for an idyllic lunch in the extensive green garden abutting the river.

Back to the grapes! The Winzer Krems at Sandgrube 13, in Krems, offers an
entertaining and memorable tour - by the end, you’ll leave with a surprisingly
complete grasp of winemaking in the region, and probably a few prizewinning
bottles, too. From there, you’re not far from the finest biodynamic meal you’re ever likely to encounter. Nikolaihof is both an astoundingly good restaurant and a legendary winery - home of the largest grape press in Europe - and it’s always too soon when you finally leave the peaceful courtyard where dinner is served.

Day 3:
Having driven alongside the Danube all this way, it’s time to get yourself on it. Boat cruises run regularly between Melk and Krems - contact the companies, DDSG and Brandner, for schedules. Once you’re aboard, you can enjoy your latest favorite Grüner Veltliner as the vineyard responsible slowly eases by on the shore. Several options for both lunch and dinner await, including Holzapfel, Florianihof, Jamek and, yes, a longed-for return to Nikolaihof. When at last you peel yourself away from Lower Austria, your final order of business is to attune your nose to the fresh apricots that give the wine its fruitiness, and the country some of its most beloved dishes.

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Wine in Lower Austria

  • Picnic at the Loisium in Lower Austria © Österreich Werbung / Wolfgang Zajc Picnic at the Loisium in Lower Austria © Österreich Werbung / Wolfgang Zajc
  • Weinviertel Wine Cellars © Weinviertel DAC Weinviertel Wine Cellars © Weinviertel DAC
  • Weinherbst im Kamptal © Österreich Werbung/Himsl Weinherbst im Kamptal © Österreich Werbung/Himsl
  • Weinviertel Lunch © Österreich Werbung / Himsl Weinviertel Lunch © Österreich Werbung / Himsl

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