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Tasting the wines of Wachau in the past tasting season gave us even more pleasure than we had expected - and this despite the fact that some of the top producers did not present their wines to us. After the very hot and dry years of 2017 and 2018 made it difficult for even the greatest experts to produce elegant and fine wines without noticeable alcohol heaviness, 2019 and especially 2020 offered an abundance of precise, fresh and animating, but at the same time concentrated, multi-layered, deep and aromatically ripe wines, the likes of which we have not experienced here for a long time.
© oewm Anna Stoecher & Wsna

But it is not only the vintages that are responsible for this situation. More and more winegrowers in the Wachau seem to be saying goodbye to the highly ripe, opulent style, which for a long time was almost without alternative in the Smaragden and other great single vineyards, but also caused many a wine lover to turn away from the region. We can only advise them - as well as all other friends of first-class white wines - to get more involved with this legendary wine region again. We, at least, have been thrilled by quite a few of the 160 or so wines we have been able to taste from the Wachau in recent months.

We concentrated our tasting on the two main varieties Riesling and Grüner Veltliner. Among our personal favourites are not only the highly rated, usually stronger prestige wines, but also several "Federspiele" and other lighter wines, which often have an unmistakable character in the Wachau and should not be missing in our cellar. As always, at the end of the lists you will find links to all the wines tasted with detailed tasting notes as well as their producers.

In Focus: Wachau Grüner Veltliner 2020

In Focus: Wachau Grüner Veltliner 2019

In Focus: Wachau Grüner Veltliner older vintages

In Focus: Wachau Riesling 2020