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Kamptal DAC

Description to Kamptal DAC

One of the eight specific wine growing areas in the Austrian province or generic wine growing area of Lower Austria. The name was given to the area west of Vienna this is the 153 kilometre long river Kamp, which flows through it from Schönberg in the north to Hadersdorf in the south and flows into the Danube near Krems. There is evidence of viticulture here at least since the early Middle Ages. Until 1993, the two now independent wine-growing regions Kamptal and Kremstal were united under the name Kamptal-Donauland. As soil types, mainly loam, loess and primary rock soils predominate. The climate is characterised by hot, pannonic influences as well as cool currents from the Waldviertel. Rainfall is rather low; in spring, autumn and winter there is often fog.

Kamptal - Langenlois mit dem Heiligenstein im Hintergrund

The centre is the largest Austrian wine-growing community in terms of area under vines, with the cadastral communities of Gobelsburg, Haindorf and Zöbing. Other municipalities are Etsdorf, Hadersdorf, Kammern, Lengenfeld, Schönberg, Sittendorf, Straß im Straßertale and Walkersdorf. The most famous reed is Heiligenstein in the municipality of Zöbing; others are Bleckenweg, Gaisberg, Grub, Dechant, Fahnberg, Fraupoint, Hasel, Hiesberg, Käferberg, Kalvarienberg, Kogelberg, Ladner, Lamm, Letten, Loiserberg, Liß, Panzaun, Sauberg, Schenkenbichl, Seeberg, Spiegel, Sonnwendberg, Stangl, Steinhaus, Steinmassl, Tagler and Wechselberg.

Kamptal - Karte mit Rebflächen

List of vine varieties

In 2015 the vineyards covered a total of 3,907 hectares of vines. Compared to 2009 with 3,802 hectares, this was an increase of 3%. The share of red wine varieties amounts to 20.4% and that of white wine varieties to 79.6%. Grüner Veltliner dominates with over half of the stock, followed by Zweigelt and Riesling.

Grape variety - austrian
Main name
officially permitted in Austria
Synonyms
Colour Hectare
2015
%-Ant
2015
Hectare
2009
Green Veltliner Weißgipfler white 1.982 50,7 1.815
Zweigelt Blauer Zweigelt, Rotburger red 520 13,3 543
White Riesling Riesling, Rhine Riesling white 397 10,2 359
Müller-Thurgau Rivaner white 243 6,2 288
Chardonnay Morillon - not used in Lower Austria white 87 2,2 79
White Burgundy Pinot Blanc, Clever white 85 2,2 83
Blue Portuguese - red 70 1,8 92
Early Red Veltliner Malmsey white 60 1,5 66
Blauburger - red 58 1,5 68
- white 53 1,4 62
Muscatel Yellow M., Red M. / Muscat Blanc white 50 1,3 39
Blanc sauvignon Nutmeg Sylvaner white 45 1,1 40
Blue Burgundy Pinot Noir, Blue Pinot Noir red 44 1,1 42
Saint Laurent - red 41 1,0 47
Neuburger - white 23,4 0,6 29
Red Veltliner - white 22 0,6 22
Gem. set white - white 20,3 0,5 33
Roesler - red 15,7 0,4 14
Cabernet sauvignon - red 15,6 0,4 15
Merlot - red 15,3 0,4 15,5
Grey Burgundy Pinot Gris, Ruländer white 9,1 0,2 9
Gem. set red - red 8,9 0,2 2,8
Traminer Gewürztraminer, Red T., Yellow T. white 7,2 0,2 6
Nutmeg Ottonel - white 6,5 0,2 7,5
Scrubber Seedling 88 white 4,5 0,1 7
Cabernet franc - red 3,7 0,1 3,5
Sylvaner Green Sylvaner white 3,4 0,1 4,2
- red 3,0 0,1 4
Bouvier - white 2,7 0,1 4,2
Syrah Shiraz red 2,2 0,1 1,2
Decorative Fandler Late Red white 1,8 - 0,8
Rotgipfler - white 1,4 - 0,6
Goldburger - white 0,7 - 0,9
Anniversary vine - white 0,2 - 0,2
and. white varieties - white 4,6 0,1 1
and. red varieties - red 1,3 - 0,8
WHITE TYPES 3.108 79,6 2.953
RED VARIETIES 799 20,4 849
TOTAL 3.907 100 3.802

DAC system

From the 2008 vintage onwards, the origin-controlled quality grade Kamptal DAC was introduced. All other quality wines must be marketed with the origin Lower Austria, the regional wines under the Weinland wine-growing region designation. In addition to the generally applicable DAC conditions, special rules apply.

The quality wine grape varieties Grüner Veltliner and Riesling are permitted. The wines must be dry. From the 2016 vintage onwards, a three-stage system was introduced to emphasise the origin more strongly. There are lower limits for the alcohol content, but compared to before, there are no longer upper limits. The date for the application to obtain the state examination number is staggered. If the decision is positive (usually within one week), marketing may take place:

  • Kamptal DAC, at 11.5% vol; 1 January
  • Kamptal DAC with indication of place; as of 12% vol; 1 January
  • Kamptal DAC with indication of place and reed (indication "Ried" and name of the vineyard); zum. 12,5% vol; 1 March
  • Kamptal DAC Reserve; as at 13% vol; 1 July

The wines must have a characteristic taste with regard to the two grape varieties. For Grüner Veltliner: fruity, fine spiciness, no botrytis notes, no noticeable wood tone(toast aroma), balanced, not alcohol-laden. For Riesling: fragrant, aromatic, elegant, mineral, no dominance of botrytis, no woody note, balanced, not heavy on alcohol. For Reserve: strong style, distinct regional and varietal aromas, dense and long finish, a delicate botrytis and wood tone is permissible.

Producers

Well-known vineyards in the Kamptal wine-growing region are Aichinger Josef, Allram, Angerer Kurt, Arndorfer, Auer Leopold, Brandl Günther, Bründlmayer Willi, Cobaneshof Schneider, Deim Alfred Markus, Dolle Peter, Eder Burgi, Ehn Ludwig, Eichinger Birgit, Grillmaier, Groll Wolfgang, Hager Matthias, Hager Oskar, Hiedler Ludwig, Hirsch Johannes, Höfinger Egmont, Jurtschitsch, Kemetner Leopold, Kirchmayr Andreas, Laurenz V. Leithner Thomas, Loimer Fred, Nastl Günter, Rabl Rudolf, Retzl Erwin, Sax Rudolf, Schloss Gobelsburg, Schreibeis, Steininger Karl, Summerer, Topf Johann, Vinokus, Waldschütz Anton, Waldschütz Reinhard, Weixelbaum Heinz, Zottlöderer. Well-known winegrowers' associations are Kamptal Klassik and Traditionsweingüter Österreich

Pictures: © ÖWM Marcus Wiesner

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