Leithaberg DAC

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Leithaberg DAC

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One of the five specific ones wine regions in the Austrian state or generic wine-growing region Burgenland, In 2016 there was a restructuring with changes in the names and the area boundaries. Leithaberg covers parts of the wine-growing regions Neusiedlersee Hill Country (the name no longer exists) and Lake Neusiedl, These are the free city Eisenstadt, the political district of Eisenstadt-Umgebung with the municipalities Breitenbrunn, Donnerskirchen, Großhöflein, Hornstein, Loretto, Mörbisch, Oggau, Oslip, Purbach, St. Margarethen, Schützen am Gebirge, Siegendorf, St. Georgen, St. Margarethen, Wulkaprodersdorf and Zagersdorf, as well as the communities Jois and winches (both previously Neusiedlersee). At your own request, the community belongs Rust not included (no longer belongs to an area). In addition, some of the community's vineyards became Leithaberg Neusiedl am See assigned, the rest of the Neusiedler Rieden belongs to the Neusiedlersee wine region.

Leithaberg - Donnerskirchhen with Riede Reifring

One discovered at Zagersdorf Celtic Tumuli from the 7th century BC with grape seed remains. That's why the place counts next to it Stillfried in the Weinviertel as the oldest Austrian wine-growing community. A few centuries later, Roman settlers planted vines and initiated viticulture. Burgenland was badly affected by the Turkish invasions in the 16th and 17th centuries. From the time of the first Turkish siege in Vienna in 1529, the well-known legend of the "Purbacher Turk", who slept through the march of his troops due to excessive wine consumption. When he woke up, he climbed into a fireplace and got stuck in the end. He was let live, later he married a woman from Purbach and even became a wine grower.

Leithaberg - map with vineyards

From the municipality of Donnerskirchen dates from 1526 one of the oldest, documented mentions of one Trockenbeerenauslese, the so-called Lutherwein, And in Mörbisch, the “Opera Ball Wine” was created for the famous ball in the Vienna State Opera. Known vineyards are Altenberg. Bandkräftn. Gmärk. Goldberg. Greiner. Mariental. stone mill and Tatschler, The Pannonian climate is characterized by mild spring, dry summer and mostly beautiful autumn. The area extends to the border too Hungary along the Neusiedlersee, which regulates the climate and acts as a heat store. The landscape is therefore also characterized by reeds and water. The Leitha Mountains, the last foothills of the Alps in the north, form a protective wall against cold winds. The soils at about 400 meters above sea level consist of shell limestone and slate with a higher proportion of clay at the foot of the slopes.


In 2017, the vineyards covered a total of 3,097 hectares of vineyards. The former Neusiedlersee Huegelland wine region was significantly larger in 2009 at 3,576 hectares, but this cannot be compared due to changes in boundaries. The proportion of white wines is 54.7%, the proportion of red wines is 55.3%.

Grape variety - Austrian
main name
officially permitted in Austria
colour hectare
% -Ant
- red 637 20.6 879
Green Valtellina Weißgipfler White 520 16.8 560
- White 353 11.4 385
Zweigelt Blauer Zweigelt, Rotburger red 348 11.2 369
ChardonnayMorillon - Not used in the Bgld White 161 5.2 144
White Burgundy Pinot Blanc, Klevner White 142 4.6 166
Müller-Thurgau rivaner White 97 3.1 127
Cabernet Sauvignon - red 88 2.8 102
Merlot - red 86 2.8 83
Blue burgundy Pinot Noir, Blue Pinot Noir red 82 2.6 105
Sauvignon Blanc Muskat-Sylvaner White 80 2.6 67.5
Muscat Ottonel - White 65 2.1 74
Neuburger - White 60 1.9 78
St. Laurent - red 57 1.8 49
According to sentence white - White 49 1.6 66
muscatel Yellow M., Red M. / Muscat Blanc White 34.3 1.1 26
Blauburger - red 32 1.0 42
Syrah Shiraz red 30.4 1.0 25
White Riesling Riesling, Rheinriesling White 29.5 1.0 37
TraminerGewurztraminer, Red T., Yellow T. White 25.3 0.8 38.5
Goldburger - White 22.6 0.7 29
Bouvier - White 17.5 0.6 20
Cabernet Franc - red 15.7 0.5 9.2
Roesler - red 15.5 0.5 11
Scheurebe Seedling 88 White 12.0 0.4 15
Gray burgundy Pinot gris, Ruländer White 8.1 0.3 13
Blue Portuguese - red 7.2 0.2 15
Frühroter Veltliner malmsey White 5.4 0.2 7.5
Rathay - red 2.3 , 01 -
Jubiläumsrebe - White 0.8 - 2
Furmint - White 0.6 - 6
Sylvaner Green Sylvaner White 0.6 - 0.7
Red Veltliner - White 0.3 - 0.3
Rotgipfler - White 0.2 - 0.1
and. white varieties - White 11.2 0.4 14.5
and. red varieties - red 4.9 0.2 0.1
WHITE VARIETIES 1,693 54.7 1875
RED VARIETIES 1404 45.3 1701
TOTAL 3097 100 3576

DAC system

From the 2008 vintage (red wines) and 2009 (white wines), the origin-controlled quality level Leithaberg DAC was introduced. All other quality wines have to with the origin Burgenland, the Vins under the wine-growing region designation wine country be marketed. The administration, as well as the production of the level wines for quality assurance is carried out by the Leithaberg association. There are red and white wines. The red wine has to go are pressed, with a maximum of 15% blended with the varieties Pinot Noir. St. Laurent and Zweigelt is permissible. It is in a wooden barrel with a subtle wood note ( toast flavor ) expanded. They may be marketed no earlier than September 1 of the year following the harvest.

For the white wines, the varieties Chardonnay. Green Valtellina. Neuburger and Pinot Blanc sorted or in any Cuvée be used. They are mainly dry-aged in wooden barrels (regardless of their size) and should have a long life and development potential. The alcohol content must be at least 12.5 to a maximum of 13.5% vol. The taste is said to be local typicality with the attributes spicy. elegant and mineral exhibit. A primary fruit and a noticeable wood tone ( toast flavor ) are not desired. The wines may be marketed no earlier than September 1st of the year following the harvest.


Well-known producers are Bachkönig. Bayer Josef. Bichler Hans. Braunstein Birgit. Elfenhof. Esterházy. Feiler-Artinger. Fink Hermann. Giefing Erich. Gmeiner Bert. Grenzhof-Fiedler. Hammer Markus. Hartl Toni. Höpler Christof. Humer device. Emperor Rudolf. Monastery at the Spitz. Siegendorf monastery cellar. Kollwentz. Force Harald. Kugler Josef. Leberl Alexander. Liegenfeld. MAD house Marienberg. Mariell. Moser Hans. Nehrer Johann. Piribauer. Pretterebner Rolf. Prieler Georg. Rainprecht Christian. Rebhof summer. Schandl Peter. Scheiblhofer. Schindler Franz. Schindler Harald. Schoenberger. Schröck Heidi. Cobbler Rosi. Seiler Georg. Summer Franz. Summer Leopold. Tinhof Erwin. Triebaumer Ernst. Triebaumer Günter. Follner Wine Manufactory and Wenceslaus Robert,

Donnerskirchen: © ÖWM - Marcus Wiesner
Map: © ÖWM

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