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Unique: Why the "Gemischter Satz" is now protected by the EU

Among other things, the Commission refers to the special cultivation method. Falstaff presents a best of "Gemischter Satz".

The Wiener Gemischter Satz is the epitome of Austrian wine tradition and an unmistakable symbol of the art of wine in the Austrian metropolis. Back in the 19th century, when many other wine regions in Austria relied primarily on mass-produced vines, Vienna cultivated a different tradition. High-quality grape varieties such as Riesling, Rotgipfler, Pinot Blanc and Traminer were cultivated here and "mixed together in the vineyard". The harvested grapes were then made into wine in the cellar. In summer 2013, the Gemischter Satz was officially recognized as "DAC" (Districtus Austriae Controllatus) and thus received a protected designation of origin.

Unique method of winemaking

Eleven years later, it has now officially been granted EU Protected Designation of Origin status. This means that the white wine variety is now on the EU Commission's list of already protected wines, which includes a total of 1,644 entries.

"Unlike in Austria, the grapes are not planted according to grape variety, but several grape varieties are grown in a single vineyard and harvested at the same time, which makes this method of wine production unique," reads the EU Commission's press release. The method of wine production in Vienna is now officially recognized as "unique".



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Julia Emma Weninger
Julia Emma Weninger
Editor in Chief Digital