Blessed with a sunny, warm climate and fertile, mineral rich soils, Burgenland has a fascinating diversity of beautiful winegrowing landscapes that produce a wide range of different wines. To the east
of Lake Neusiedl, with its waves gently lapping against the shores, lies the level area of Seewinkel.
Noted for its sandy soils and unique flora and fauna, it produces top-quality wines that enjoy a worldwide reputation. Seewinkel and the slightly higher Parndorf Plate to the north, which produces red wines full of character as well as powerful whites,comprise the wine growing area Neusiedlersee (named for Lake Neusiedl).
To the west of the shallow lake the vineyards spread along the belt of reeds near the shore and extend onto the slopes of the surrounding mountains and rises, including the Leitha Mountains and thehills of Jois and Rust. From this diverse landscape comes a trilogy of wines.
Weighty whites, robust reds and highly structured sweet wines. Central Burgenland (Mittelburgenland) is dotted with castles and palaces and has four wine growing centres at Deutschkreutz, Horitschon, Lutzmannsburg and Neckenmarkt. The focus here is on the classic red-wine varietal Blaufränkisch.
This is not surprising, given the heavy clayey soils that predominate in this hilly area bordered by the Sopron and Köszeg Mountains. It is ideal for growing red-wine grapes.
In idyllic southern Burgenland (Südburgenland) with its landscapes of forests and meadows lie vineyards sloping down towards the Hungarian plain. They bear such famous names as Eisenberg and Rechnitzer Berg.
By far the smallest area with its own appellation in Burgenland, it is known for red wines that are of pronounced minerality and compactness as well as vivacious.