Wien (Vienna) Region
Until recently, wines from Wien, or the wine-growing region of Vienna, Austria's capital city, were regarded as being simple 'Heuriger', or wine tavern wines. Nowadays, they enjoy cult status and are listed in gourmet restaurants. This paradigm shift is thanks to a small number of forward thinking producers, who revived the traditional Viennese wine blend, the 'Wiener Gemischte Satz', which is now internationally acknowledged as being a truly Austrian wine. The significance of Wiener Gemischter Satz as the showpiece of Vienna's wine sector combined with the strong desire for a protected designation of origin convinced the Regional Wine Committee of Vienna to apply for DAC (Districtus Austriae Controllatus) status for the wine. With this, Wiener Gemischter Satz became Austria's ninth DAC designation of origin. The first Wiener Gemischter Satz DAC wines to be released are from the 2013 vintage.
Rich limestone soils on the northern side of the river Danube are particularly suitable for growing Gruner Veltliner, Chardonnay and Riesling vines. Red-wine varieties, led by Zweigelt and Pinot Noir, are finding a place on the southern side of the river.