Carnuntum is one of the lesser known regions of Austria when compared with the mighty Wachau and Wagram. However, it is easily one of Austria’s most exciting and dynamic areas when it comes to red wine production today. Zweigelt is widely planted, as is Blaufrankisch, and quality conscious growers are getting to grips with wines that combine fruit richness and full ripeness with the bright, crunchy alpine aromas that make cool-climate Austrian wines so attractive.
Unlike the broad reaches of Burgenland, the Carnuntum vineyards are more mountainous with a complex range of soils, including sand, gravel, limestone and dense loam. Although the summers are warm and dry, most of the top vineyards are in close enough proximity to the Danube to benefit from its cooling influence. The Spitzerberg vineyards in the eastern part of the region are widely seen as the most propitious terroirs and its fabulous red wines are the driving factor behind Carnuntum’s rise from relative obscurity over the last decade.
Carnuntum is divided into three key sub-regions: Hauptregion Carnuntum, Göttlesbrunn, and Arbesthal. Hauptregion Carnuntum serves as the central area known for its signature red wine varieties Zweigelt and Blaufränkisch. Göttlesbrunn, adjacent to Lake Neusiedl, features loamy soils ideal for cultivating both red and white grape varieties, including Grüner Veltliner and Chardonnay. Arbesthal, situated to the south, stands out for its unique microclimate and sandy soils, nurturing premium red wines.