The Neusiedlersee DAC area lies in the heart of the Pannonian climate zone. Distinguishing features of this climate zone are hot, dry summers with moderate rainfall and cold winters with little snowfall. Lake Neusiedl, the largest steppe lake in central Europe, plays an important role in regulating the microclimate in the region. The vast expanse of water heats up on warm summer days and then releases the warmth into the surrounding area at night. The cool temperatures at night lead to the development of a cool fruit in the wines and the necessary acidity so typical for wines from this region.
The Neusiedlersee DAC area sprawls from the north to the east shore of Lake Neusiedl and comprises more than 7000 hectares of vineyards, making it Burgenland’s largest producer of wines of designated origin. The area is characterised by sandy loam soil with varying quantities of gravel. Additionally, the area boasts a wide variety of soils ranging from calcareous gravel and pure gravel to salty and sandy soils.
Neusiedlersee DAC wines may be characterised by the Pannonian climate and the light soils in the region, but ultimately they are associated with the red grape variety Zweigelt. Zweigelt is the most widely planted red grape variety in Austria. The wine spectrum ranges from young-drinking, unoaked versions to strong, firm wines matured in oak. The grape variety, characterised by elegant cherry fruits and soft tannins, is often used as a partner for blends. Zweigelt, in all of its variations, comes to life in the Neusiedlersee DAC area.
Neusiedlersee DAC – wines stand for fruity, spicy and harmonious Zweigelt. The wines are typically dark ruby-garnet red with an opaque core and a light violet rim. Fresh bigarreau cherry is always at the centre, underlayed with dark berry fruits and fine herb notes. The balanced complexity is accompanied by fine, soft tannins. These wines can be paired wonderfully with classic Pannonian specialities such as beef stroganoff or Martinigoose.
Neusiedlersee DAC Reserve - wines are complex, full-bodied wines with a clear dark-berry fruit and can be a Zweigelt or a cuvée dominated by Zweigelt. The diverse spectrum of aromas ranges from black cherry through blackberry to elderberry. The fruit is complemented by a hint of spiciness paired with mineral tones. In combination with the fine-grained tannins, the result is a tightly-knit structure and luscious succulence on the palate. These high potential wines are left to mature for over a year before they are put on the market. Neusiedlersee DAC Reserve wines provide the perfect accompaniment to braised meat, venison and hearty beef dishes.