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Leithaberg DAC Wines

The Leithaberg is one of the oldest wine growing regions in the world. Its vintners see themselves as stewards of the land and of centuries of wine-growing tradition. Their philosophy translates into wines with unmistakable character and superior elegance.

Vineyard in autumn © Verein Leithaberg
Vineyard in autumn © Verein Leithaberg
Bottles of Steve Haider © Steve.haider.com
Bottles of Steve Haider © Steve.haider.com
Vineyard © Verein Leithberg
Vineyard © Verein Leithberg
The Burgenland is known far and wide as an excellent wine growing region. Several different microclimates within Austria’s easternmost province create optimal conditions for growing highest-quality wines with distinct characteristics.

In the north of the Burgenland, along a 40 km stretch of land between the densely wooded Leithagebirge (a picturesque range of hills and small mountains) and the western shores of Lake Neusiedl, about 19 wine villages benefit from unusual geological conditions. In combination with the special microclimate and methods of cultivation that have been perfected over centuries, the 71 vintners of the region produce wines with a terroir that is unique to this region. The Leithaberg DAC wines are more elegant than powerful and captivate with their fineness, minerality and succulent fruit. Leithaberg DAC whites can be produced from Grüner Veltliner, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and/or Neuburger. This choice reflects the most commonly planted grape varieties in the region. Small barrels are not often used, instead, wines are aged in large wooden casks, taking care that the oak doesn’t overpower the minerality.

As with the white wines, Leithaberg DAC red wines are given adequate time to develop and mature. For this reason, Leithaberg DAC red is put on the market two years after the harvest. A Leithaberg DAC red is produced from the Blaufränkisch, the top red grape variety of the region. These wines are matured in oak (small barrels or big oak casks) although the oak notes shouldn’t overshadow the wine’s character, elegance and tension.
 

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