Wachau Valley – A Quaint Wine Region in Austria!

Today we will be leaving Brownsville temporarily and highlighting a little known but, prolific grape region in Austria. I traveled to the Wachau Valley in 2017 and can’t stop thinking about the vineyards! The valley is brimming with carefully terraced vineyards aging back as far as 800AD. Their terrace style is considered ‘dry’ so, no mortar was used in their stone walls. This saves the silty soil from erosion and convection keeps roots warm in brutal winters. The slopes of the winding Danube has produced a niche spot for growing Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Grüner Veltliner.

The UNESCO cultural landscape Wachau Valley pronounced ‘Vah-how’ not ‘Watch-choo’ is the largest producer of local white wines in Austria. The area produces predominantly Rieslings which profiles apple, peach, and pear but is delightfully crisp and the younger features are slightly effervescent. Rieslings used to be the exception to my ‘no white wine’ rule. Which in the past I’ve chalked up to being too cool. Ultimately, I was being a wine snob. The Wachau Valley extends for approximately thirty kilometers framing the Danube River. There is a mix of ancient behemoths and present construction that stick out fantastically from the terraced hillsides.

Okay. Picture this:

A guided day of biking – fourteen miles sampling from winery to winery, schnitzel and immersing with the locals. I’m sure I previewed heaven and I approve of what I saw.

What I found amazing was that the community pubs that rotated according to their wine supply. Each family owned pub would be responsible to host as each vineyard became ripe! The pub I sampled from was up in the hills and overlooked the Danube. It was a welcome reward after a tough cycling session.

Now Dodici does lack an Austrian wine representation. However, get in the mood with our Marine Dubard Sauvignon Blanc! Dubard is crisp, citrusy and chalky just like the wines I tasted in Austria. Sauvignon Blanc is flavorful yet delicate on the palate so I would suggest sticking to salads, particularly the Arugula salad. The Fresca Due, Scampi, and Maestro pizzas will pair nicely. I would avoid anything too meaty as you will loose the complexity.

Where was your favorite wine experience!?

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