Vineyards grow only in Eastern Austria. Over 80% of the wine
produced is white. The laws here are some of the toughest in the world. They
are based on the German system. The wines are however, higher in alcohol.
The botrytised late harvest white wines are made from overripened grapes, as
in Germany. The most important grape variety is Gruner Veltliner, covering
over 1/3 of the vineyard area. It produces a wine that is full-bodied and
somewhat spicy. Muller-Thurgau and Rhine Riesling are also grown here. The
largest of Austria's 4 wine regions is Lower Austria, in the North, along
the Danube River. Some of the best wines come from the Wachau wine region,
40 miles West of Vienna. Just East of Wachau is the wine village of Krems.
Gumpoldskirchen is a wine village just South of Vienna.