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The origin of the vintners' association founded in 1992 was in regular meetings of ten winegrowers from the two Lower Austrian wine regions Kamptal and Kremstal with an exchange of experience with regard to locations or Rieden in connection with their soils, microclimate and grape varieties or their management. Already in the statutes of 1992 the goal was defined, a position classification in the Danube Region want to establish. The merger was not understood as an elite, but as a community of values in which the marketing of wines after their ancestry has the highest priority.
First, these were farms from the four vineyards Kamptal. Kremstal. Traisental and Wagram, In 2018 the two winegrowing areas, which were also flown by the Danube, arrived Carnuntum and Wien The number of members increased to 62 companies or almost doubled. Michael Moosbrugger from the winery has been the chairman of the association since June 2007 Castle Gobelsburg, The winegrower Philipp acts as deputy Grassl, Gerhard Lobner, Gerhard Markovich, Martin Nigl and Fritz Wieninger,
A main goal of the project was and is to classify the historical locations of the Danube area. The basis for this is the grape vineyard grape recorded in the Josephinian cadastre of 1823. Already at the time of foundation, the terms or the three-level hierarchy Classified Location, First Location and Great First Location were coined. The quality of the wines should be checked by regular tastings. The members understand it as their obligation, the characteristics of their area, theirs floors, her climate (Small climate), her varieties and to express their cellar in the wines. As a rule, first-class wines are not limited to sugar grades ( Mostgewicht ) but that even the best winemakers can vinify a great wine only from an exceptional vineyard.
For almost two decades, the wines and their vineyards were observed, discussed and analyzed. Finally, in the four vineyards Kamptal, Kremstal, Traisental and Wagram a total of 62 layers were defined as "first layers". These are the locations that have been identified as the top 10% of the area over the past 20 years. In Wien , the winegrowers' association WienWein In the last years a layer classification was carried out and a total of 12 first layers defined. Carnuntum has been carrying out scientific geological research for about ten years, which will be incorporated into the classification process. The classification of the layers should take place at the same time as the founding of a DAC Carnuntum.
Whether there will also be "Great First Positions" as the highest hierarchy remains to be decided. Visible are the wines on the protected word mark or logo "1 ÖTW", which on the label (Price lists and catalogs) is printed next to the layer name. The sign may currently only from the member companies for wines from the varieties Green Valtellina and Riesling be used; the user group should be extended.
The seal or logo of the traditional wineries consists of sundial and compass (top left). The winemaker tries in a complex environment of geology, Small climate and cosmic influences. Sundial and compass are among the most traditional tools, the position of sun and moon, seasons and the tension between day and night play a major role.