Riesling and Grüner Veltliner from Kamptal
The sparkling white wines Riesling and Grüner Veltliner are the basis for the Kamptal DAC designation. Districtus Austriae Controllatus (DAC) refers to the origin of the wine growing region. In addition, only the fruity Grüner Veltliner and the fragrant Riesling from Kamptal may carry the abbreviation. On the one hand it designates the region and on the other hand it stands for quality wine. The two white wine varieties are largely responsible for the excellent reputation of the wine growing region. Besides them, of course, other white vines are carefully cultivated in Kamptal. Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc grow on the vineyards as well as Muscatel or Chardonnay.
The Riesling from Kamptal matures late. When harvested young, it is superficially light and acidic. But when the small, densely growing grapes with the black scars on the berry are harvested late, the Riesling is an incomparable white wine. The late onset of noble rot also enhances the quality of the Riesling. Its bouquet is special. Among other things it smells of fresh citrus fruits, apple and apricot. Flowery and elegant it remains long in the nose. It is no wonder that the Riesling has a demanding, critical berry with these outstanding criteria. On the terraces and vineyards of the Kamptal valley, however, it finds the terroir it needs to develop its strengths.
Grüner Veltliner is a very important grape variety for Austria. It is cultivated here in large quantities. Almost one third of the total area for vines in Austria is planted with this fruity white wine variety. The vines usually produce large, occasionally very large berries. Grüner Veltliner is extremely high-yielding and therefore requires precise control. As the grape grows and develops strongly, the quality of the taste decreases. The yellowish wine tastes refreshing between 5 and 7°C. The grape variety is one of the autochthonous in Austria.
Important wine villages in Kamptal
Kamptal has several important wine growing villages. A visit is always worthwhile here.
Strass in Straßertale
Kamptaler Rieden in Langenlois
In Langenlois wine is capitalized. The town in Kamptal has several important vineyards.
The red wine Zweigelt from Kamptal
Zweigelt is the most cultivated red grape variety in Austria. Well-known synonyms for the grape with medium ripeness are Blauer Zweigelt and Rotburger. The Zweigelt is a new breeding by Professor Friedrich Zweigelt. The medium-sized grape with the round, blue-black grapes was bred in 1922. Its origins go back to the grape varieties St. Laurent and Blaufränkisch. The Zweigelt from Kamptal refreshes with a fruity bouquet. There are scents of raspberry, blackberry and blueberry. Often a strong cherry scent remains in the nose, which is surrounded by very fine pomegranate and orange aromas. The color of Zweigelt from Kamptal is cherry red. More often, however, the red wine shows a ruby red coloration in the glass, which is interspersed with violet highlights. The invigorating acidity of Zweigelt, which is sometimes pure grape variety, has a good length on the palate. The red grape variety is also suitable as a cuvée. We at VINELLO recommend the dry red wine with a pleasant residual sweetness at a drinking temperature between 15 and 18°C.
Wine growing region Kamptal
Kamptal is a productive wine-growing region in Lower Austria. It is located about 65km west of Vienna, on the south-eastern edge of the Waldviertel. The river Kamp is the name sponsor for this beautiful region. The Kamptal is crossed by different altitudes. Riesling and Grüner Veltliner from the wine region are especially well known. Numerous terraced vineyards produce grapes that are wonderfully fresh and light. In the summer months it is hot during the day. At night it cools down considerably. These are good conditions for white grape varieties.
Worth knowing about wine from Kamptal
How large is the vineyard area in Kamptal?
The vines occupy almost 4,000 ha in Kamptal. The size of the wine-growing area indicates its cultural, economic and touristic importance.
Which soils are present in Kamptal?
Kamptal has different soils. Here you can find sandstone, gravel, loess soils, loam or for example primary rock (Gföhler gneiss).
Are there other red grape varieties in Kamptal besides Zweigelt?
Besides Zweigelt, Pinot Noir is to be mentioned here. This grape variety matures moderately late and is often full-bodied. Furthermore, St. Laurent and Blauburger are produced in Kamptal.
What is a reed? What are reedbeds? Do they only exist in Kamptal?
There are not only vineyards in Kamptal. The term Riede refers to the small area in Austria that belongs to a municipality and is used for winegrowing. In Germany the term "Lage" is common.
Buy wine from Kamptal online at VINELLO
In the online store of VINELLO you will find a rich selection of white and red wine from Kamptal. Browse the VINELLO store for Kamptal and wine - you will find delicious Riesling, Pinot Blanc or Zweigelt. Because your enjoyment is important to us, we offer you a comfortable service: In our online store you can pay easily and conveniently. The shipping is fast and secure. We deliver almost worldwide. Order wine from Kamptal for your personal enjoyment or as a gift for your friends.
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