As the Danube River curves east towards Vienna, it weaves through a collection of enchanting hamlets, timeworn fortresses and perfectly stacked vineyards of the Wachau Valley in Lower Austria.
The steep terraced landscapes of ancient, hand-made stone walls are the laid tracks of the compact 15km stretch of meticulously manicured, towering vineyards that have come to define one of Europe’s most beautiful and world-renowned wine landscapes.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000, the Wachau in Austria is as culturally rich with its scattering of old medieval towns as it is a nature haven of hiking and biking trails through a uniquely preserved landscape. All held together within a region that tells its centuries old stories through wine.
For a trip to the Wachau is not complete without sampling the famous Grüner Veltliner and Riesling varieties from the very vineyards you pass through on your exploration. You might just have to ‘work’ for it first.
Joining a Grape Harvest in the Wachau Valley
There was a six-month stretch between my two trips to the Wachau Valley.
Read more from source: Wine of the Wachau, Austria: Stories from the Stone Wall Vineyards