Driving south from Vienna one arrives at the Thermenregion. It’s a distinctive wine region that includes, among other places, the towns of Gumpoldskirchen and Bad Voeslau, and which is perched on the edge of the Vienna Woods. The autochthonous Zierfandler (also known as “Spätrot”, i.e. “late red”) and Rotgipfler are at home in the northern parts of the Thermenregion; Pinot Noir and St. Laurent are mainly in the south. Along with seven other specific regions, the Thermenregion belongs to the wine region of Lower Austria.
In terms of landscape, geology and climate, the Thermenregion is comparable with Burgundy. The similarities extend further: in both regions winemaking was promoted throughout the Middle Ages by religious orders of monks. Discoveries from Roman and even Celtic periods reveal, however, that the region’s winemaking history extends back at least two millennia. The Thermenregion: Extraordinary wines from autochthonous varietals.
Further information about the Thermenregion can be found at www.austrianwine.com.