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Steinfeder®, Federspiel® and Smaragd®

Stärkster Ausdruck für das Qualitätsdenken der Vinea Wachau-Winzer ist die Bezeichnung ihrer besten Weine mit den Marken Steinfeder®, Federspiel® und Smaragd®.

The strongest expression for Vinea Wachau quality are the registered trademarks Steinfeder®, Federspiel® and Smaragd®

 

These brandmarks stand for natural wine production, guaranteed origin and strict control. The wines are considered ambassadors of the Austrian white wine culture – and especially of the World Cultural Heritage Wachau. Not only are the three designations unique in Austria, but a similar example of them cannot be found in all of Europe. Most importantly, the designations serve as an orientation structure for wine lovers, because it allows for dry white wines to be defined according to three weight classes, each of which is based on natural alcohol content.

Fruity charm and lightness characterize the Steinfeder®. The name itself refers to the typical "Steinfedergras” (Stipa pennata), a grass which grows near the vines in the Wachau´s terraced vineyards; it is light like a feather, and fragrant – just like the wine named after it.

This classic dry wine is distinguished by a strong, nuance-rich character and is an ideal food pairing. The name Federspiel refers back to the times of falconry, when this favourite form of noble hunting was practiced in the Wachau.

The Wachau vineyard terraces and their dry stone walls offer a natural habitat for numerous plants and animals; among them the local green Smaragd” lizard that lends its name to the best known of the Vinea categories.
The grapes for the Smaragd wines ripen in the best vineyard sites of the Wachau. They are harvested late and are true representatives of their terroir.  The wines are concentrated and powerful, complex and very long-lived.

Steinfeder®, Federspiel® and Smaragd® are registered trademarks of Vinea Wachau Nobilis Districtus. Use is limited to its member wineries.