The history of the Austrian Traditional Wine Estates dates back to 1990. At that time, a small circle of winegrowers began to discuss the identity of wine in relation to its origin.
With the founding of the Association of "Austrian Traditional Wine Estates" in 1992, an association was created that continues to uphold this idea of origin to this day. In a long-term research, the influences of different factors of a vineyard site, such as soil type, microclimate, exposition, altitude and many more, were and still are investigated in order to then pursue the question of how these factors affect the different grape varieties and thus also the character and quality of the wine. The association's objective was and is to classify the outstanding vineyard sites in the Danube region.