wein.plus
Attention
You are using an old browser that may not function as expected. For a better, safer browsing experience, please upgrade your browser.

Log in Become a Member

Smaragd

An area brand category of the Lower Austrian wine association Vinea Wachau Nobilis Districtus for dry white wines. Altogether there are the three quality levels Steinfeder, Federspiel and (as the highest) Smaragd. On the steep stone terraces of the Wachau wine-growing region, the emerald lizard pictured below, from which the name is derived, likes to bask in the sun in the vineyards. By the way, until the 1986 vintage, the name was Honifogl, and then had to be changed for legal reasons.

Vinea Wachau Nobilis Districtus - Logos

This category includes the most valuable and ripe white wines from the best sites, which are only pressed in the best years from grapes with perfect physiological ripeness. A minimum must weight of 18.5 °KMW and at least 12.5% vol. alcohol content are required. From the 2006 vintage onwards, alternative closures (twist or glass closure) were also permitted, until then natural corks were mandatory.

Voices of our members

Dr. Christa Hanten

For my many years of work as an editor with a wine and culinary focus, I always like to inform myself about special questions at Wine lexicon. Spontaneous reading and following links often leads to exciting discoveries in the wide world of wine.

Dr. Christa Hanten
Fachjournalistin, Lektorin und Verkosterin, Wien

The world's largest Lexicon of wine terms.

26,026 Keywords · 46,825 Synonyms · 5,324 Translations · 31,361 Pronunciations · 184,878 Cross-references
made with by our author Norbert F. J. Tischelmayer. About the Lexicon

EVENTS NEAR YOU