Mittelburgebland is a region in Austria. Mittelburgenland forms the central part of the Burgenland, close to the border with Hungary. The Landseer Mountains form the western boundary of the Burgenland region which opens to the east versus the Hungarian Lowlands.

Vineyard area: 2,104 hectares.

Terroir: The Mittelburgenland region stretches from the southern foothills of the Ödenburg Mountains to the Günser Bergland.

Geology: From a geological point of view the Mittelburgunland equates to the so called Oberpullendorfer Baisin with its tegel, clay, sand and gravel soils interspersed with old coral banks. Due to their very good water absorption capacity in combination with the  temperature-regulating influences of the close Lake Neusiedl these soils proved ideal for Blaufränkisch. The protection of three mountain ranges in the north, south and west along with the opening versus the Pannonian lowlands fully fosters the influence of the Pannonian climate. At least 300 sunshine hours and as little as 600mm annual rainfall guarantee ideal climatic conditions for the Blaufränkisch

Red wines

As Burgenland’s key red wine is made from Blaufränkisch, and Burgenland is unofficially called ‘Blaufrankisch-land’ it made sense to award Blaufrankisch its own DAC in 2005 called Mittelburgenland DAC Blaufränkisch. The key ‘Blaufrankisch villages’ are Deutschkreutz, Horitschon, Neckenmarkt and Lutzmannsburg.

Wineries

Certified Biodynamic Weninger.

Bibliography

Oxford Companion to Wine 4th edition ed. Jancis Robinson MW and Julia Harding MW (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Tom Stevenson, The Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia 5th Edition (Dorling Kindersley, 2011).