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Achleiten

Riede or site (also Achleithen) in the municipality of Weißenkirchen in the Lower Austrian wine-growing region of Wachau. It was first mentioned in documents in the 9th century. In 1314 it was named "an der Echleiten" (slope with oaks). The extremely steeply terraced vineyards, which face west to southeast and have slopes of up to 77%, lie at an altitude of 209 to 358 metres above sea level and cover 23 hectares of vineyards. They lie on deep primary rock soils with a loamy overlay. The sandy topsoil is enriched with some humus to a depth of about 50 centimetres. The soils are characterised by a high water retention capacity. The white wine varieties Grüner Veltliner and Riesling are cultivated here. The property is shared by more than 50 owners, some of them with very small areas, including the Domäne Wachau, Holzapfel Karl, Jamek Josef, Kartäuserhof, Pichler Rudi, Prager, Schneeweis and Schneeweiss Anton wineries. In the neighbourhood is the Klaus vineyard.

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