What is Smaragd wine?

What is Smaragd wine?

The top category in the ripeness classification of white wines in Austria’s Wachau Valley. Smaragd-designated wines are made from the ripest grapes in the Wachau, and have a mandated minimum alcohol level of 12.5 percent.

What does Wachau mean in English?

The Wachau (German pronunciation: [vaˈxaʊ̯] ( listen)) is an Austrian valley with a picturesque landscape formed by the Danube river.

What is Wachau valley?

Nestled between the towns of Krems and Melk, Austria’s Wachau Valley is a 30-kilometer (18-mile) stretch alongside the Danube River. Just about an hour’s drive away from the capital city of Vienna, it’s a place worth exploring for its intriguing history and its incredible wines.

Where is Wachau valley?

The Wachau is a stretch of the Danube Valley between Melk and Krems, a landscape that shows a remarkably-preserved medieval landscape that has evolved organically over time.

What does Ried mean Austrian wine?

Single-vineyard wines must now be labelled Ried X, where Ried means ‘vineyard’ and X is the name of the vineyard site that has been legally defined. This will outlaw the fantasy names used by some producers to give the impression of site specificity.

What is the most widely planted red grape in Austria?

Zweigelt. Zweigelt is Austria’s most popular red grape, and its chief characteristic is a lively, juicy red cherry note. Think of it as a red counterpart to Grüner Veltliner.

What is Steinfeder?

Steinfeder®, Federspiel® and Smaragd® The name itself refers to the typical “Steinfedergras” (Stipa pennata), a grass which grows near the vines in the Wachau´s terraced vineyards; it is light like a feather, and fragrant – just like the wine named after it.

What are the quality categories in Austria?

The three official tiers of Austrian wine quality are:

  • Prädikatswein: the top tier of Austrian wine quality classification, further sub-divided into seven Prädikat.
  • Qualitätswein: Austria’s second tier of wine quality classification.
  • Landwein: means ‘country wine’, just like Vin de Pays.

What is Federspiel wine?

Federspiel wines are the middleweight category (11.5–12.5 percent ABV), with the racy, precise, elegance of a hunting falcon; federspiel means falconry (literally “feather game”).

How do I get from Vienna to Wachau Valley by train?

There is no direct connection from Vienna to Wachau. However, you can take the train to Melk, take the walk to Melk Bahnhof, then take the bus to Willendorf/Wachau Bundesstraße. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Vienna to Wachau via Krems An Der Donau and Krems Bahnhof in around 2h 14m.

What is Wachau Valley famous for?

The Wachau UNESCO World Heritage landscape is also one of Austria’s most important wine regions. Along this part of the Danube terraced vineyards produce fruity Rieslings and Grüne Veltliners, two of Austria’s most popular white wines.