47°45' N


16°50' E




about this region

Enveloped in the embrace of eastern Austria, Burgenland unveils as a mesmerizing tableau of viticulture where the rolling landscape whispers tales of the region's rich winemaking heritage. The topography is a serene juxtaposition of flat plains, gentle hills, and the shimmering expanse of Lake Neusiedl, which majestically anchors the region’s panorama.

Lake Neusiedl bestows Burgenland with a unique microclimate; its presence moderates the temperature, creating an enchanting environment where both red and white grape varieties thrive with exuberance. The plains and hills, bathed in ample sunlight, provide not just a visual spectacle but also form a fertile cradle that nourishes the vines, allowing them to draw from the soil’s depths and express the terroir's nuanced character in every cluster.

The proud herald of Burgenland’s red wine tradition is the Blaufränkisch grape. Deeply rooted in the region’s soil, Blaufränkisch gives life to wines that mirror the landscape's vigor, producing red wines that are robust, spicy, and teeming with complexity.

Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc find a congenial home in Burgenland as well. These international white grape varieties, under the gentle Austrian sun, metamorphose into wines that are elegantly structured, bearing a delightful freshness and aromatic intensity.

Neuberger, an indigenous variety, is another jewel in Burgenland’s viticultural crown. This grape variety crafts wines that are fragrant and full-bodied, providing a delightful sensory experience that reflects the region’s distinctive terroir.

Last but not least, the famed Grüner Veltliner also graces the vineyards of Burgenland. While it’s more widely planted in other Austrian wine regions, in Burgenland, Grüner Veltliner produces wines with a unique profile—crisp, zesty, and profoundly aromatic.

Together, these grape varieties weave a tapestry of flavors and aromas, encapsulating the magical landscape and climate of Burgenland. Each wine produced here is a liquid ode to the region, offering a sip that transports one to the sunlit plains and breezy lakeshores of this Austrian wine paradise.


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Discover Terroir

Situated in the easternmost part of Austria, the Burgenland region stretches from the Leitha Mountains, close to the Austrian capital of Vienna, to the border with Hungary. The region is defined by its diverse and compelling landscape, where undulating hills meet expansive, sun-drenched plains, creating an enchanting tapestry of vineyards that are a testament to the area's rich viticultural heritage.

One of the defining features of Burgenland’s geography is the presence of Lake Neusiedl. This large, shallow body of water is central to the region's unique microclimate, contributing significantly to the local viticulture by moderating temperatures and providing additional warmth during the growing season. The lake's influence results in optimal conditions for the production of both red and white wines, including the region's celebrated sweet wines made from grapes affected by noble rot, which thrives in the humid conditions around the lake.

To the west of the region, the Leitha Mountains offer a series of gentle hills and slopes, providing not only a picturesque backdrop but also a varied terrain that is conducive to the cultivation of different grape varieties. Each sub-region within Burgenland boasts its own distinct topographical features and microclimate, with variations in altitude, exposure, and soil composition creating a mosaic of terroirs, each with its unique characteristics and potential for winemaking.

With Hungary to its east, the region is enclosed and protected, allowing it to develop and maintain its distinct viticultural identity. The close proximity to Hungary has also influenced the region’s winemaking tradition and styles, making it a fascinating area of study and exploration for wine enthusiasts and scholars alike.

In essence, the location of Burgenland is characterized by its varied landscapes, from the tranquil waters of Lake Neusiedl to the rolling Leitha Mountains and the extensive plains in between, each playing a pivotal role in crafting the region's distinctive and celebrated wines. With its borders defining an area of unique topographical and climatic conditions, Burgenland stands as a proud and significant contributor to Austria's illustrious tradition of winemaking.

The climate of Burgenland is a subtle symphony of the continental and Pannonian climatic influences, weaving a tapestry that is both warm and temperate, forming a cradle for diverse and thriving viticulture.

Enveloped by the warmth of the Pannonian climate, Burgenland enjoys extended sunshine hours, bathing its vineyards in a golden glow that kisses the grapes with just the right intensity. Summers in the region are notably warm and dry, with long, sunlit days and cooler nights. This diurnal temperature variation is vital, allowing the grapes to develop not only sugars during the day but also to retain acidity during the night, resulting in wines that are balanced, vibrant, and brimming with character.

Winters, while cold, are generally milder compared to other Austrian wine regions, providing a necessary rest for the vines without exposing them to extremely harsh conditions. The cold season is followed by a delightful spring that gradually warms the soil, awakening the dormant vines and ushering them into a new cycle of growth and fruition.

Lake Neusiedl is a crucial actor in this climatic play, casting its influence over the vineyards that lie in its proximity. The lake acts as a temperature moderator, absorbing heat during the day and releasing it during the night. This buffering effect prevents early frosts in the fall, extending the growing season and providing additional time for the grapes to achieve optimal ripeness, especially beneficial for the production of the region’s renowned sweet wines.

Moreover, the region is gifted with relatively low precipitation, with the dry conditions being conducive to healthy grape growth, minimizing the risk of diseases that thrive in humidity. This low rainfall, combined with the abundant sunshine, crafts a climate where grapes not only ripen fully but do so with concentrated flavors and aromatic intensity, reflecting the sun-soaked charm of Burgenland in every bottle.

With its arms open to the gentle winds, under the watchful eyes of the sun, and with its feet dipped in the temperate waters of Lake Neusiedl, Burgenland's climate is a harmonious confluence of elements that nurture and celebrate the art of winemaking, yielding wines that are a true expression of the land’s climatic melody. Each sip tells a story of sun, wind, and water, inviting you to taste the essence of Burgenland’s captivating climate.

Situated within Austria's viticultural tapestry, the Burgenland wine region is a mosaic of varied soils, each telling its tale through the medium of the vine and the wine it crafts. This enchanting land, with its array of geological diversity, weaves a narrative rich in complexity and subtlety, echoing through the vineyards that gently roll under the gaze of the sun and moon. Within the embrace of Burgenland's borders, soils formed through millennia of geological processes lay the groundwork for a harmonious symbiosis between the vine and the earth. These soils, with their unique compositions and characteristics, impart their essence into the grapes, subtly influencing the flavor, aroma, and texture of the wines produced. The soil is not merely a passive participant in the winemaking process; it is an active contributor to the symphony of elements that define Burgenland's viticultural identity. It is a silent artist, painting each grape with nuances unseen but deeply felt in every sip of the wine. Each type of soil within the region offers a different set of characteristics and challenges, acting as both nurturer and canvas for the vine's expressions.

  1. Loamy Soils:A predominant soil type in Burgenland is loam, a fertile and well-balanced mixture of sand, silt, and clay. Loamy soils are celebrated for their ideal water retention and drainage characteristics, offering vines consistent moisture without the risk of waterlogging. This balance supports the cultivation of healthy, vibrant grapes by providing them with a steady supply of nutrients and water.
  2. Clayey Soils:In various parts of Burgenland, clayey soils are prominent. These soils are recognized for their ability to retain water efficiently, offering vines much-needed support during dry spells. Besides, clay soils contribute to the structure and body of wines, often leading to the production of wines with a fuller mouthfeel and robust character.
  3. Sandy Soils:Sandy soils are found scattered throughout the region. Known for their excellent drainage properties and lower fertility, these soils often lead to vines producing grapes with concentrated flavors. The resultant wines tend to be aromatic, with a notable elegance and freshness, reflecting the characteristics of the sandy terrain.
  4. Chalk and Limestone Soils:Certain areas within Burgenland boast chalk and limestone-rich soils. These soil types are alkaline and well-drained, offering a unique terroir that imparts a delightful minerality and acidity to the wines. Wines from chalk and limestone soils often have a bright, crisp profile with a sophisticated mineral undertone.
  5. Volcanic Soils:Some vineyards in Burgenland are blessed with volcanic soils, which are typically well-drained and mineral-rich. These soils often contribute to the production of wines with a distinct mineral complexity and depth, adding layers of flavor and a unique character to the wines.

In the canvas of Burgenland's vineyards, these soils weave a complex, dynamic tapestry of terroirs, providing a broad palette from which winemakers can craft their masterpieces. The interplay between these diverse soils and the regional climate results in wines that are reflections of the land’s geological poetry, each bottle telling a story of the soil from which it was born.


Within the harmonious landscapes of Burgenland, a canvas of vibrant grape varieties is painted, each with unique physical characteristics. From the dark, almost black hue of Blaufränkisch to the light green tint of Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc, the vineyards showcase a splendid spectrum of colors during the growing season.

  1. Blaufränkisch: The Blaufränkisch vine reveals a preference for deep, loamy soils, thriving exceptionally well on the slopes and plains of Burgenland. These vines necessitate a warm climate, with ample sunlight and well-distributed rainfall throughout the year, to promote the development of their deeply colored, relatively thick-skinned grapes. Blaufränkisch also requires diligent pruning and canopy management to ensure healthy growth and high-quality fruit.
  2. Chardonnay: This widely adaptable variety prospers in the diverse soils of Burgenland, from limestone to clay and loamy terrains. Chardonnay vines are robust, demanding ample sunlight for optimal ripening of their small, green-yellowish grapes. While they can withstand cooler climates, a moderately warm environment is ideal for fostering the development of complex and concentrated flavors in the grapes.
  3. Pinot Blanc: Pinot Blanc vines are versatile, thriving in various soil types, though they particularly favor well-drained, marly, and calcareous soils. While the vines can adapt to different climatic conditions, they perform best under moderate temperatures with sufficient sunlight and warmth during the growing season to achieve optimal ripeness and acidity in the grapes.
  4. Neuberger: Neuberger enjoys the fertile and loamy soils of Burgenland, providing a supportive environment for its growth. It flourishes under the warm and sunny climate of the region, requiring a longer growing season to fully develop its flavors. The vine is resilient, but careful management is essential to yield grapes that are balanced in sugar and acidity.
  5. Grüner Veltliner: Famed for its versatility, Grüner Veltliner thrives in a variety of soil types, including loess, gravel, and primary rock soils. While it can adapt to diverse climatic conditions, it prefers a cool to moderate climate with well-distributed rainfall during the growing season to nurture its small, yellow-green grapes into maturity.

Burgenland wines are a vibrant expression of the region’s dynamic landscape, with each wine exuding its distinct personality through its body, color, and aromatic presence. With a visual appeal ranging from the deep, intense reds to the delicate and crystal-clear whites, these wines are a true spectacle for both the eyes and the palate.

  1. Blaufränkisch:The wines made from Blaufränkisch grapes are visually captivating with their deep red, almost purple hue. They enchant the nose with an intricate bouquet of dark berries, cherries, and sometimes a hint of black pepper. These wines have a full body with structured tannins, presenting a delightful balance between acidity and fruitiness, making them excellent candidates for aging.
  2. Chardonnay: Burgenland’s Chardonnay wines offer a pleasant, golden color with greenish reflections, greeting the senses with enticing aromas of ripe fruits, citrus, and occasionally, subtle notes of vanilla and butter, especially if they have been aged in oak barrels. These wines are well-structured with a moderate to full body, echoing the aromatic profile on the palate with an added minerality that provides a refreshing finish.
  3. Pinot Blanc: These wines possess a light yellow to greenish hue, presenting a delicate and fresh aromatic profile with notes of green apples, pears, and citrus. The palate is met with a light to medium-bodied wine, where the fruity aromas are complemented by a crisp acidity, making Pinot Blanc wines from Burgenland a delightful and versatile choice for various occasions.
  4. Neuberger: Neuberger wines exhibit a pale yellow color with a pleasing intensity in their aromatic profile. Scents of ripe fruits, nuts, and herbs intermingle to create a harmonious and inviting nose. These wines are full-bodied with a creamy texture, offering a palate that mirrors the nose with an additional layer of complexity provided by their well-integrated acidity.
  5. Grüner Veltliner: With a pale green to yellowish color, Grüner Veltliner wines allure with their vibrant and zesty aromatic profile, often featuring notes of green apple, citrus, and white pepper. On the palate, these wines are light to medium-bodied, showcasing a lively acidity that balances the fruitiness, resulting in a wine that is both refreshing and engaging.

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400-600 mm


Burgenland boasts diverse soils, including loamy, sandy, limestone-rich, and gravelly, providing varied terroir for winemaking.

top varietal

Blaufränkisch, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Neuberger, Grüner Veltliner

History of wine

Tucked away in eastern Austria, the Burgenland wine region boasts a winemaking history that is as rich and dynamic as the wines it produces, with its story unfolding over centuries of viticultural dedication and passion.

The roots of Burgenland’s winemaking tradition can be traced back to the Celts and Romans, who introduced viticulture to the region over two millennia ago. However, it was during the Middle Ages, particularly in the 12th and 13th centuries, that winemaking in Burgenland began to flourish significantly. Monastic orders, possessing deep knowledge of viticulture, played a pivotal role in cultivating vines and producing wine, which became integral to religious ceremonies and daily life.

The 17th and 18th centuries marked a period of expansion and improvement for Burgenland's wine industry. Nobility and bourgeoisie took an active interest in winemaking, leading to increased investment and the introduction of new grape varieties. Vineyards expanded across the region’s diverse landscapes, from the plains surrounding Lake Neusiedl to the gentle hills and slopes.

However, the turn of the 20th century brought challenges, with the global economic downturn and the advent of phylloxera, a pest that devastated vineyards across Europe. Burgenland's wine industry faced a period of decline and needed to rejuvenate and reinvent itself in response to these hardships.

The post-World War II era heralded a renaissance for Burgenland’s wines. Winemakers embraced innovation and technology, while also respecting the time-honored traditions that defined the region's winemaking identity. The establishment of the Burgenland wine-growing region in 1921, following the annexation of the area from Hungary to Austria, further cemented its status as a hub of Austrian viticulture.

In recent decades, Burgenland has gained international recognition for its exceptional red and sweet wines. Winemakers in the region continue to balance tradition and innovation, crafting wines that reflect the unique terroir and climatic conditions of Burgenland. From the deep, spicy notes of Blaufränkisch to the luscious sweetness of its famous dessert wines, the region offers a diverse portfolio that appeals to a broad spectrum of wine enthusiasts around the globe.

Today, the Burgenland wine region stands as a testament to centuries of viticultural history, a place where each vineyard and bottle tells a story of resilience, tradition, and the unyielding pursuit of quality. The region invites all to explore its historic cellars, taste its exquisite wines, and celebrate the vibrant history that has shaped the Burgenland wine region into a distinguished destination for wine lovers worldwide.