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1

Traisental, Kamptal, Kremstal DAC requirements

Grüner Veltliner or Riesling

Classic = can show *delicate* peppery note (not as pungent as Weinviertal), 12% abv

Reserve = can show wood or botrytis, fuller-bodied/ richer character, 13% abv

2

What DAC is based on Zweigelt?

Neusiedlersee DAC

3

Schilcherland DAC requirements

Rosé of Blauer Wildbacher.

Wines may be Klassic or a Ried bottling if a single vineyard is listed.

4

Where are Rotgipfler and Zierfandler found in Austria?

Thermenregion

5

What is Zweigelt a crossing of?

Blaufränkisch x St. Laurent

6

What was Austria’s first DAC?

Weinviertal

7

What are the three subzones of Steiermark?

Südsteiermark, Weststeiermark, and and Südoststeiermark (aka Vulkanland Steiermark)

8

What is the minimum alcohol percentage required for Austrian prädikat wines?

5%

9

What two Niederösterreich subregions are not located along the Danube River or its tributaries?

Weinviertal and Thermenregion

10

What is the name of the red and white stripe on the capsules of Austrian wines? What does it signify?

Banderole

Means the wines have been tasted by a panel and qualify as Qualitätswein.

11

Name five major Wachau producers.

FX Pichler
Prager
Emmerich Knoll
Veyder-Malberg

12

What is the sole DAC zone of Styria?

Schilcherland DAC (within Weststeiermark)

Racy rosé of Blauer Wildbacher. The wines may be Klassic or a Ried bottling if a single vineyard is listed.

13

What is the Pannonian Plain?

a former seabed of loess soils stretching from eastern Austria through Hungary and many countries of the former eastern bloc.

14

Weinviertal DAC requirements

Grüner Veltliner

Classic = shows obvious peppery note, 12% abv

Reserve = can show wood or botrytis, Fuller-bodied/ richer character, 13% abv

15

Can Smaragd wines be sweet?

No, must be dry.

16

What is Roger Veltliner?

A red grape unrelated to GV, produced as a white wine—a speciality in the Wagram

17

What does Ried indicate on an Austrian wine label?

A top site—many producers will eliminate the village name and replace it with Ried and the single vineyard name.

18

What is Vinea Wachau?

an organization of estates sworn to uphold the tenets of natural winemaking as spelled out in the Codex Wachau:

- no additives (including chaptalization)
- no aromatization (including new barrels)
- no “fractionation” (techniques such as de-alcoholization, etc)

19

What are the requirements for Federspiel?

- minimum 17° KMW

- alcohol range of 11.5%-12.5%

20

Typical Ausbruch production

Harvested at minimum 30° KMW (~ 156° Öchsle)

richly concentrated botrytis-affected must is added to less concentrated must—from fruit harvested in the same vineyard—and the two are fermented together, then aged in barrel before release

Similar to Tokaji

21

What is Spätrot-Rotgipfler?

A blend of Rotgipfler and Zierfandler produced in Thermenregion.

22

Leithaberg DAC requirements

White wines = blends or single varietal produced from Grüner, Chardonnay, Neuburger, or Weissburgunder.

Red wines are 85% minimum Blaufränkisch

23

What was the first DAC to allow both red and white wines? Where is it?

Leithaberg in Burgenland

White wines may be blends or single varietals produced from Grüner, Chardonnay, Neuburger, or Weissburgunder.

Red wines are 85% minimum Blaufränkisch

24

What is Blauer Wildbacher?

Ancient grape in Styria, now has Schilcherland DAC dedicated to rosé production

25

Where is the village of Illmitz and why is it significant?

Neusiedlersee, home to Alois Kracher estate. Kracher is known for “legendary” eiswein, BA, and TBA bottlings, particularly Scheurebe.

26

What are the requirements for Steinfeder?

Lightest style:

- minimum 15° KMW
- maximum alcohol 11.5%

27

What are the requirements for Smaragd?

- minimum 19° KMW (the approximate equivalent of or Spätlese ripeness).

- minimum 12.5% abv

** As these wines must be dry, Smaragd wines can reach high alcohol levels, and show a high degree of extract. Often they display tones of botrytis.

28

Gemischter Satz DAC requirements

White wines produced from a blend of at least 3 varieties.

29

What are the 4 DACs of Burgenland?

- Mittelburgenland
- Leithaberg
- Eisenberg
- Neusiedlersee

30

Where do the Steinfeder, Federspiel, and Smaragd teens come from?

Steinfeder = local grass grown in the vineyards

Federspiel = a falconer’s tool

Smaragd = emerald green lizard