A Warm Welcome to the
Wine culture, culinary culture, architectural culture, the culture of museums: in the Kremstal, many engaging manifestations of aesthetic sensibility are integrated into a collective cultural heritage.
The sheltered location adjacent to the cool northern Waldviertel, the fertile slopes reaching down toward the Danube Valley and the wide, calmly flowing river itself: it’s not only the people that feel at home in the Kremstal; the wine does as well. Which in turn brings pleasure to the people who drink it. For many wine lovers, Grüner Veltliners & Rieslings – the two most important varieties planted in the 2,243-hectare winegrowing region – from the Kremstal’s top producers rank among the best white wines in the world. The superb quality of these bottlings can also be perceived in the DAC wines, which have been available since the 2007 vintage as ‘Kremstal’ (fresh, fruity, spicy-aromatic) and ‘Kremstal Reserve’ (riper flavours, greater density on the palate, smooth finish).
How fraternally the joys of wine and a sophisticated, cultivated lifestyle go together is better documented in Krems than nearly anywhere else. Attracted by excellent conditions for viticulture, numerous Bavarian monasteries set out vineyards and harvesting stations in the early Middle Ages, when the entire region experienced a golden age. Today this history manifests itself above all in the buildings, the squares & streets, which not only give the city of Krems, but also the surrounding winegrowing towns – Dross, Stratzing, Senftenberg, Furth, Krustetten, Senftenberg & Gedersdorf – a most appealing atmosphere. Krems itself has been awarded the status of World Cultural Heritage by the UNO.
… and the present day
But one does not live here only for the region’s history: thanks to the establishment of the Krems Museum Mile, which boasts a number of unique institutions including the Kunsthalle (art museum), the Karikaturmuseum and the Austrian Film Gallery, modern art is everywhere. In addition, Krems has – measured by the number of inhabitants – a strikingly high density of excellent restaurants. But if one wants to take it easy and move a little off the beaten track, there are also rustic wine taverns scattered throughout the entire Kremstal, where hosts have not forgotten the original function of this so-very-Austrian institution, namely serving self-produced meals accompanied by wine.
Enjoy Kremstal wine throughout the year!
In the Kremstal, viticulture not only demarcates the landscape but also the course of the year. From the blossoming of the vines to the summer cellar lane festivals, from the harvest to Thanksgiving, from the ecclesiastical blessing of the wine to the first tasting of the young wines in spring: all year round, wine provides work, a topic of conversation and – above all – reasons to celebrate it and to visit the place where it is made.