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The wine-growing region of Weinviertel in Lower Austria used to be divided into the two independent areas of Retz (in the west) and Falkenstein near Poysdorf (in the east), named after the main wine villages. Above the village of Falkenstein, which lies in the northeast near the Czech border, towers the castle ruins of the same name, which date back to around 1050. The vineyards cover 157 hectares of vineyards at an altitude of 244 to 353 metres above sea level on calcareous, loamy soils with sandstone admixture. The white wine varieties Grüner Veltliner (Falkensteiner is an old synonym), Welschriesling and Weißburgunder (Pinot Blanc) account for 15% of the vineyards, and the red wine varieties Zweigelt, Blauer Portugieser and Blauburger account for 85%.

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