Bottled poetry: How the Prieler family creates wine magic in Austria’s Burgenland Austria’s Lake Neusiedl area is special, both in light and climate, and those who have seen it for the first time usually return soon after. The region features mild temperatures and, during the summers, even the air has its own aroma due to the special variety of plants growing here. It is an ideal terroir for growing excellent wines. TEXT: CORNELIA BRELOWSKI
With a Pannonian climate marked by cold winters, hot summers and warm temperatures in autumn, the Burgenland area, where lake Neusiedl with its surrounding hills is situated, provides Austria’s highest average temperatures. The lake’s micro-climate adds a mild touch and some welcome humidity during the 22 | Issue 39 | June 2016
summer, a combination which guarantees ideal wine-growing conditions. Winemakers for five generations now, the Prielers are situated in Schützen, close to the Lake Neusiedl National Park. Their terroir covers 20 hectares of the high hill of the ‘Schützner Stein’, west of the lake,
situated in the Leithaberg area. The best part, the Goldberg, provides especially good conditions. The vineyards are facing east and south, catching the full force of the sun. The stony soil of the hills stores the heat of the day and the lake provides for mild temperatures throughout the year.
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