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From a non-Austrian perspective, most people think of the Weinviertel primarily as a source of uncomplicated Grüner Veltliner for everyday consumption. The actual diversity of the area's wines is just as rarely noticed as their sometimes extraordinary quality. The former is probably also due to the fact that only the DAC Weinviertel, which is exclusively valid for Grüner Veltliner, is still allowed to bear the name of the region of origin, while all other wines are labelled as coming from Lower Austria.

But the region has another problem: many of its top producers are well known, but are not associated with the Weinviertel at all. This in turn is certainly also due to the fact that many of these producers do not market their Veltliners as Weinviertel DAC, in part probably because their wines are quite far removed from what one imagines a classic Weinviertel Veltliner to be. Which brings us back to the beginning.

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