Wachau is Austria’s most famous wine region with approximately 3,700 acres which constitutes around 3% of the country’s vineyard. The hot Pannonian summers give Wahcau wines their distinct flavours, along with the cool northern influenced night temperatures which are regulated by the Danube. In the main, vineyards are low-yielding, but can reach alcohol levels of 15% or more. Gruner Veltliner is the traditional Wachau grape which thrives on the lower banks in loess and sand, while the Riesling is planted on the highest, steepest slopes in the less fertile gneiss and granite soil. Classic Veltliners and Rieslings display a delicate spiciness and a fruity emphasis, without any hint of botrytis or wood.