Baden near Vienna
The city of grapes and wine
"St. Laurent, Zweigelt and also especially Blauer Portugieser reach a power and concentration here with a simultaneous smoothness and fruit seldom found."
Next to the warm sulphur water, winegrowing has always been one of the most important source of income for Baden. Roman legionaries improved the rather elemental, local vines with southern varieties and introduced a more refined processing technology. The Römerberg and the Probusgasse are reminiscent of Italy's contribution to winegrowing in Baden to this day. Baden's winegrowing was authenticated for the first time with a donation from Babenberg's margrave Leopold III, which allowed Klosterneuburg Abbey to acquire five Baden vineyards in 1113.
About 100 Baden families are currently growing wine. The location on the edge of the Pannonian Plain provides an ideal climate. Outstanding quality wines are thriving in Baden's vineyards. The 340 ha of vineyard acreage produce about 12,000 hl of wine per year. Half of the harvest is pressed by the Baden winemaking cooperative, founded in 1918, the other half is for the most part sold in "Buschenschank", taverns that is.
Roughly 70 percent of the wines cultivated are white. Especially Grüner Veltliner, Pinot Blanc, Neuburger and the rare types typical of the thermal region - Rotgipfler, Zierfandler, Muskat and Traminer. Among the red wines Pinot noir, Zweigelt and Blauer Portugieser achieve the best quality.
A Baden speciality is the "Badener Lumpentürl", a Neuburger type cabinet wine as well as a red wine cuvée of the Baden Hauercollegium. Baden wines are known and loved for their richness, subtle flavour and fruity acidity.