In an effort to shed some light on how I study for WSET Diploma Course’s D3 exam, Le Club des Vins is running a series of posts covering wine regions. Today’s topic: Burgenland

📍 Location

Burgenland is a wine region in the east of Austria in between the Alps and the Hungarian border on the northern and eastern side of Lake Neusiedl. ⠀⠀

In a nutshell

  • Austria
  • Continental climate
  • Mostly silty soils, but also sandy and gravel, some loam
  • Mostly red: zweigelt & blaufränkisch

☁️ Climate

The region has a continental climate with sunny summers. Burgenland is one of the warmest and flattest areas of the country. 

Source: Winefolly

🌋 Soils

It differs depending on where you are (duh). @austrianwine has A LOT of detailed info, so check out the website. Mostly silty soils, but also sandy and gravel, some loam. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

🍇 Grapes & style

55% of the plantings are red grapes. Main grapes are zweigelt, blaufränkisch, chardonnay, pinot blanc, neoberger, welschriesling and gruner veltliner.

🌐 Zones

There are five DACs in Burgenland. Neusiedlersee a.k.a. Lake Neusiedl is the perfect place for botrytis cinerea to appear, especially on the thin skins of the welschriesling – but it’s not what the DAC is about 😂 Neusiedlersee applies to red wines based on Zweigelt. Mittelburgenland is located south of the lake and is known for its reds. Eisenberg as well and focuses on Blaufränkisch. Leithaberg can be white or red (Blaufrankisch). Latest addition is DAC Rosalia, which used to be a Grosslage (large collective vineyard site) but was promoted to a DAC in 2018. It’s the place for spicy reds and fruity rosés, both based on blaufränkisch ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

💡 Something you didn’t know

You tell me please. What are the best producers from Burgenland?

Your turn now 

I always put a new region on instagram first. If you have any additions or comments on a region, please do share. You can drop a comment on instagram or on the website – see below. Your help is much appreciated!


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