And as the sun started to set beneath the horizon and coated us in a last warm breeze, someone raised his glass to cheers to a wonderful day. You could see the warmth on everyone’s faces and feel the bliss of a beautiful summery autumn day in the air. It was a magical moment for each and every one of us. Everyone was full and happy, filled with enough Vitamin D and calmed down from a day in the countryside, exploring the world of the Weinviertel DAC.
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Exploring the Weinviertel and learning more about the true “Grüner Veltliner”
About an hour from Vienna, close to the Czech border, the Weinviertel is located. It is the heritage of the real “Grüner Veltliner” and home to many vineyards that all belong to the Weinviertel DAC, a collective of Austrian winegrowers from the region, who all produce and sell the real “Grüner Veltliner”. One of the most traditional and versatile wines in Austria. I think this wine is a staple in every kitchen, as it can perfectly compliment every dish, as well as make any early summer or late autumn day outside just perfect.
After we had a little something to eat, us eleven blogger girls and our hosts set off on a little walking tour through the vineyards, along the so-called “cellar-alley”, which holds doors to many of the typical wine cellars in the region. It is here where the winegrowers store their wine and most of these century-old cellars have been in family position for decades. As we walked along the alley we could already spot the vineyards in front of us, a beautiful sight that is characteristic of the region and makes it unique in Austria. Only a few hundred metes from where we were standing, ran the Czech border, said one of our hosts.
Did you know that some white wine sorts can be stored for up to 15 years? The "Weinviertel DAC Reserve, for example, is specifically made to be stored for longer periods of time. This wine tastes different from the fresh variant of the "Grüner Veltliner" we usually drink, but is by no means worse. It has a unique and special taste and I reckon would be a very nice wine to accompany a special celebratory dinner.
Bottling our own trademark Weinviertel DAC wine
Then, we entered one of the cellars and had a peek at the stored wine, some of it being there since years and years. The air was thick and heavy and mold layered the walls. It was explained that some people store their wine here on purpose and check on it every few years to see whether it has already been covered in black-mold, which apparently makes it even more precious.
The coolest thing – in the cellar we each got to bottle our own wine to take home. We filled an empty glass bottle with Grüner Veltliner, put a cork in it, sealed it shut with the “Weinviertel DAC” trademark and got to decorate it ourselves. Cannot wait to open that special bottle when I have friends over and impress them with the story of how I bottled the thing myself.
Wine & Food
In the afternoon, we walked through the charming quiet village on to a wonderful traditional Austrian restaurant. As this October is treating us with the most beautiful weather, we were lucky and got to enjoy our dinner in the garden in front of the restaurant, surrounded by trees, grapevines and wooden furniture. The cook had even set out a little private al fresco kitchen for us to experiment in. And experiment we did.
The first course was a typical Austrian Hokkaido soup with pumpkin seed oil. After living in Graz since five or so years, I have had my fair share of soup and have a big opinion on which one is good and which one simply mediocre. And honestly, this one was exceptional. The trick is to roast the Hokkaido in the oven, before adding it to the soup, and making it with oat milk, said the chef.
The main course was an absolute dream too. Roasted pumpkin and carrot with parsley creme , goat cheese and, of course, a glass of “Grüner Veltliner” on the side. We all got assigned a role in helping prepare the main course and my task was to add the mashed carrots to the plate so the others could start arranging the vegetables and cremes on top. I think we did a very good job making it look beautiful, didn’t we?
For dessert we had a delicious chocolate mousse with applesauce. I used to think that chocolate mouse goes better with red wine, but let me tell you, that white wine from the Weinviertel DAC was the perfect addition to just about any dish we got served.
Thank you so much for the beautiful autumn day Weinviertel DAC. I learned so much about the true Grüner Veltliner and got to see an area of my home country I haven’t much considered before. I had always been a white wine person and having had this peek into how the grapes are grown, how the winemakers live and seeing how much focus is being placed on quality in the region, will definitely make me grab for the real Grüner Veltliner more so. I think it is important to keep the heritage alive and consume local goods – and when the goods are as delicious as the Weinviertel DAC wine, why go for something else ;)