The first mentioning of the Wachau was in a Carolingian document in 830 A.D. While the tradition of wine-growing here actually dates back to the time when the Romans had settled in the Wachau, the first golden age of wine actually blossomed under Carolingians rule. In the Middle Ages, Wachau wine was already known far beyond the borders of Austria. There are not many landscapes in Europe that have such clearly defined borders as the Wachau: the Danube valley between Melk and Krems. The Wachau´s history was formed here, along 33 kilometers of river, wine and cultural landscape between the majestic Benedictine monasteries of Melk and Göttweig.