Lake Neusiedl winegrowing area
Burgenland’s largest winegrowing area is shaped by Lake Neusiedl, a unique steppe lake. The region produces all of the varieties grown in Burgenland. The gentle slopes of the Parndorf Plate are largely planted with full bodied whites and reds. The Blauer Zweigelt grape is dominant, and complex cuvées stand out among the splendid red wines which grow on stony soil composed of sand and clay.
Other red wine grape varieties grown in the region include Blaufränkisch, St. Laurent, Pinot noir and Merlot. The area stretching from Winden and Jois via Neusiedl, Gols, Mönchhof and Halbturn through to Frauenkirchen produces an abundance of top-quality red and white wines. The many dedicated young vintners and the eyecatching cellar architecture are symptomatic of the high quality standards. Andau — which specialises in luscious, mellow Zweigelts — has massive winegrowing potential.
Both the local whites and reds are famed for their sumptuous fruit notes. The micro-climate and sandy loam soil in the Seewinkel — the triangular area between Podersdorf, Illmitz and Apetlon — are ideal for sweet wines. Continuous production of top-quality wines is possible there thanks to the area’s proximity to Lake Neusiedl and the large number of small lakes dotted around the Seewinkel.
Most of the vineyards are located in the heart of the Neusiedler See National Park. This unique World Heritage site offers a perfect blend of enjoyment, harmony and vitality.
Wineries in the Lake Neusiedl appellation: