Named for the river Traisen, flowing in from the Alps, the Traisental is one of the smallest winegrowing regions in Austria, with some 815 hectares of vineyards. But the Traisental is quite imposing in one respect: Grüner Veltliner is the star of the show. In no other Austrian winegrowing region does GV claim such a great proportion of the area under vines: with more than sixty per cent, Traisental holds undisputed first place, although Riesling also figures as a specialty of the region.
Here, vines grow primarily on (often diminutive) terraces with dry, very limestony & gravelly soils. These give the wines an extremely distinctive profile, with robust body and a firm backbone. Minerality carries the flavour along, supports structural acidity and thus enhances the longevity of the wines. Special climatic factors – Pannonian influences and concurrent cold air from the Alpine foothills – bring warm days and cool nights, which ensure refined aromatics and spicy finesse.