Austrian Wine Country – Part II: The Wachau

By Jonathan Spira on 7 September 2009
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The Wachau is an area of Austria that I have visited regularly since childhood.  Picture 148 (Large)It is a valley that runs along the Danube river for 33 km from Melk to Krems but today is the first time I viewed it from the Danube itself.  I left Krems on the Austria, one of several vessels from Brandner that run along the river and disembarked in Weißenkirchen one hour later.

A short walk along the Wachaustraße took us to the the main retail location for Wieser, a purveyor of local apricot marmalade (Marillenmarmalade) and apricot liquor (Marillenlikör).  After stocking up, it was off to lunch at Holzapfel’s Prandtauerhof, also in Weißenkirchen.  Lunch started with an étagère (see photos in slide show), followed by roast sirloin with potatoes, and finally Marillenknödel (apricot dumplings).  Holzapfel is one of the many vintners in the Wachau and each course was accompanied by a local wine.

Winzer Krems is a local cooperative of growers in the Wachau and has an amazing wine production facility.  A tour and tasting here is highly recommended.

Then it was off to Stift Göttweig, an abbey that is also in the wine making business.  Note the view from their terrace towards the valley.

Dinner was at the Nigl winery in Senftenberg.  We started with marinated salmon, a foamy soup of carrot and ginger, prime rib of beef, and a curd cheese tartlet with apricot sorbet.  Each course was accompanied by one of Nigl’s wines, ranging from a 2008 Riesling Senftenberger Piri to a 1999 Grüner Veltliner Zweittl to a 2007 Eiswein for the dessert course.

The slide show takes you through the day.

–Jonathan B. Spira is the Editor of Executive Road Warrior and Chief Analyst at Basex, a knowledge economy research firm.

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