The Leithaberg DAC is a wine region on the western shores of Lake Neusiedl in the Neusiedlersee region of Austria. It is noted for its wide diversity of wine styles. Leithaberg is named after the Leitha Mountains (or Leitha Hills), the range of hills lying on the boundary between Lower Austria (Niederösterreich) and Burgenland. The range is an offshoot of the Alps and forms a connection to the Carpathian mountains to the north.
Terroir: Mica-schist and “Leithakalk” – a unique regional marine limestone are found here. Hard, meagre mica-schist forces roots deep, and concentrates vigour in reduced yields. High sunshine hours, cool nights, influence from nearbyLake Neusiedl and the forested slopes of the Leitha Mountains.
Vineyard area: 3,097-ha.
Main grape varieties: Chardonnay, Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) und Neuburger – three grape varieties that are grouped as “Burgundian” – are said to define Leithaberg DAC White wine. Blaufränkisch (r), Chardonnay (w), Pinot Blanc (Weissburgunder (w). | Neuburger (w).
Leithaberg DAC: The specific regionally typical wines, labelled with the Leithaberg DAC designation, also have a legally defined viticultural area, encompassing the political districts of the free town of Eisenstadt including its outskirts, ranging up to the smaller winegrowing towns of Jois and Winden.
Leithaberg DAC White is made from Pinot Banc (Weissburgunder), Chardonnay, Neuburger and Grüner Veltliner, as either as a monovarietal or as a blend of the permitted varieties. The white can enter the market a year after harvest.
Leithaberg DAC Red is made from Blaufränkisch as the main variety (which is well adapted here), with an optional 0-15% of Zweigelt, Sankt Laurent or Pinot Noir. Around 12.5% to 13.5% by volume. The red can enter the market 2 years after harvest.
Certified Biodynamic: Weingut Birgit Braunstein.