Working Together, Developing the Kremstal

In many classic wine countries it has long been customary for those involved in the industry to join together, forming professional associations in order to better promote the development of their region. This has also happened in the Kremstal  with the establishment of the Kremstal Regional Wine Committee in 2001.

While the National Committee only has to deal with decisions that also result in changes to Wine Law, the regional committees, as a central element in the respective areas, have the greatest possible scope for action, and they exercise it. Therefore, all commercial wine producers in a region are obliged to place themselves at the service of their local wine committee. Representatives of the wine industry include: grape growers, wine producers, wine merchants, representatives of cooperative, sparkling wine producers, courtiers, etc.


In accordance with the vineyard area of 1000–5000 hectares applicable to the Kremstal, up to fifteen members may participate in the regional committee. These were proposed by the President’s Conference of the Austrian Chamber of Agriculture and the Austrian Chamber of Commerce through the relevant regional & state organisation and appointed by the Federal Minister for a period of five years, upon approval of the National Wine Committee.

The five most important tasks of the Regional Wine Committee:

  1. Enhancement of knowledge & transparency regarding the production & marketing of Qualitätswein, with the aim of better coordinating sales.
  2. Market research & implementation of marketing measures in cooperation with the AWMB. These marketing measures must be consistent with the overall image of Austrian wine.
  3. Development of procedures & technologies to improve product quality.
  4. Establishment of standard contracts, such as supplier contracts or management contracts.
  5. Definition of conditions for the production and marketing of regionally typical Qualitätswein, with a discernible flavour profile reflecting its origins. This means that a regional committee can propose regulations for regionally typical Qualitätswein with a profile of origin (DAC wine) to the federal minister, if it will serve to enhance the profile of the region.

Members of the Regional Wine Committee

Chairman Leopold Müller, Weingut Müller, Krustetten

Wolfgang Aigner, Weingut Aigner, Krems

Franz Bauer, Management Board Winzer Krems

Erich Berger, Weingut Berger, Gedersdorf

Josef Dockner Jr., Winzerhof Dockner, Höbenbach

Franz Ehrenleitner, General Manager, Winzer Krems

Meinhard Forstreiter, Weingut Forstreiter, Krems-Hollenburg

Ernest Grossauer, Weinkellerei Lenz Moser, Rohrendorf

Klaus Klein, General Manager Weingut Schloss Fels, Spar

DI Michael Malat, Weingut Malat, Furth-Palt

Fritz Miesbauer, Weingut Stadt Krems

Dr. Bertold Salomon, Salomon Undhof, Krems-Stein

Erwin Tauchner, Weingut Tauchner, Krems

Franz Türk, Weingut Türk, Stratzing

Deputy Chairman Artur Toifl, Weingut Thiery-Weber, Rohrendorf



Franz Backknecht, President Niederösterreich Winegrowers Association

General Manager Dieter Faltl Mag., Dir. Vicitultural College of Krems

Konrad Hackl DI, General Manager Niederösterreich Winegrowers Association