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At the moment, there seems to be hardly a conversation about the Wachau among wine lovers in which there is no talk of thick, alcoholic and botrytised wines, because of which one would rather give the area a wide berth. But the reality today is completely different. It is true that the high-alcohol and powerful wines still exist, but at least from the hands of the best producers they have an undeniable class - and certainly also the capacity for development that once made them famous, and which can still be checked today by looking at old bottles.

However, these very powerful versions no longer make up the majority of all top wines produced in the Wachau. Even among the Smaragd wines, the alcohol levels today are on average much more moderate than they are said to be. Elegance now clearly comes before power in most cases.

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