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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 region of Lower Austria. The area to the west of Wien was named after the 153-kilometre-long Kamp River, 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 wine-growing regions of Kamptal and Kremstal, which are now independent, were united under the name Kamptal-Donauland. The predominant soil types are loam, loess and primary rock. The climate is characterised by hot, Pannonian influences as well as cool currents from the Waldviertel. Precipitation is rather low; there is often fog in spring, autumn and winter.

Kamptal - Langenlois mit dem Heiligenstein im Hintergrund

The centre of the Kamptal wine-growing region is the largest Austrian wine-growing municipality in terms of vineyard area, Langenlois, with the cadastral municipalities of Gobelsburg, Haindorf and Zöbing. Other municipalities are Etsdorf, Hadersdorf, Kammern, Lengenfeld, Schönberg, Sittendorf, Straß im Straßertale and Walkersdorf. The most famous vineyard 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

Grape variety list

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 is 20.4%, the share of white wine varieties 79.6%. More than half of the vineyards are dominated by Grüner Veltliner, followed by Zweigelt and Riesling.

Grape variety - Austrian
Main name
officially permitted in Austria
Colour Hectare
Grüner Veltliner Weißgipfler white 1.982 50,7 1.815
Zweigelt Blue 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, Klevner white 85 2,2 83
Blue Portugieser - red 70 1,8 92
Frühroter Veltliner Malvasia white 60 1,5 66
Blauburger - red 58 1,5 68
Welschriesling - white 53 1,4 62
Muscat Blanc Yellow M., Red M. / Muscat Blanc white 50 1,3 39
Sauvignon Blanc Muscat Sylvaner white 45 1,1 40
Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir red 44 1,1 42
St. Laurent - red 41 1,0 47
Neuburg - white 23,4 0,6 29
Roter Veltliner - white 22 0,6 22
Common 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
Muscat Ottonel - white 6,5 0,2 7,5
Scheurebe 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
Blaufränkisch - red 3,0 0,1 4
Bouvier - white 2,7 0,1 4,2
Syrah Shiraz red 2,2 0,1 1,2
Zierfandler Late red white 1,8 - 0,8
Rotgipfler - white 1,4 - 0,6
Goldburger - white 0,7 - 0,9
Jubilee Vine - white 0,2 - 0,2
other. white varieties - white 4,6 0,1 1
other. red varieties - red 1,3 - 0,8
WHITE SORT 3.108 79,6 2.953
RED SORT 799 20,4 849
TOTAL 3.907 100 3.802

DAC system

Starting with the 2008 vintage, the origin-controlled quality level Kamptal DAC was introduced. All other quality wines must be marketed with the origin Lower Austria, the country wines under the winegrowing region designation Weinland. In addition to the generally valid DAC conditions, special rules apply.

The quality wine grape varieties Grüner Veltliner and Riesling are permitted. The wines must be vinified dry. Starting with the 2016 vintage, a three-tier system was introduced to emphasise the origin more strongly. There are lower limits for alcohol content, but no upper limits compared to before. The date for the application to obtain the State Assay Number is staggered. If the decision is positive (usually within one week), the wine may be marketed:

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

The wines must show a characteristic typicity in terms of taste with regard to the two grape varieties. For the variety Grüner Veltliner: fruity, fine spiciness, no botrytis note, no noticeable woody note (toast aroma), balanced, not alcoholic. For the Riesling variety: fragrant, aromatic, elegant, mineral, no botrytis dominance, no woody note, balanced, not heavy in alcohol. For the Reserve quality level: strong style, distinct area and variety aromas, dense and long finish, a delicate botrytis and wood tone is permissible.


Well-known wineries 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 (since disbanded), 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 associations are Kamptal Klassik and Traditionsweingüter Österreich

Pictures: © ÖWM Marcus Wiesner

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