From Vienna, drive along the Danube westward towards Lower Austria. Just past the city of Krems, you’ll encounter the idyllic, terraced vineyards of the Wachau valley
. Walking along a path through these ancient Weingärten may lead you to Langenlois
, with the richest, most intensely flavored wines of the region.
Sip a Smaragd
or Grüner Veltliner
, and your palate will be awash with flavours of peach, citrus, honey and white blossom. Visit Langenlois
, the epicenter of modern wine alchemy within the viticulture in Lower Austria
The city’s most noticeable wine feature is the unforgettable Loisium
- a latter-day temple to wine-making
. The steel-skinned structure appears to have been designed by space age cubists, yet the excellent cellar tours
allow you to enter an over 900 years old cellar labyrinth
to find out how grapes become wine.