Weingüter Retzer Land is a quality association of top wine growers in the western Weinviertel
. It has developed from the former association Collegium Vini Cultorum. The core of the association has 30 members, who are committed to high wine quality and are constantly improving it in the Retzer Land wine growing region. In order to guarantee the quality standards of the wines, the Retzer Land Wine Estates undergo regular strict selection. Internal tastings, tastings with recognised wine experts and international awards are used to identify the best wineries. These wineries present the region with their wines on many occasions. The aim is to establish the Retzer Land Wineries as a quality brand and to position them at the top of the Austrian wine producers
Separate designations with strict award criteria were created for the labelling of quality wines. The yield must not exceed 60 hl/hl, the acidity must be at least 7 g/l and the must weight must be at least 18 °KMW (15 to 17 °KMW for the Feenhaube). All wines must be vinified completely dry with a maximum of 1.5 g/l residual sugar. The white wines are made from the region-typical varieties Grüner Veltliner, Riesling, Welschriesling, Pinot Blanc or Chardonnay, the red wines from the varieties Blauer Portugieser and Zweigelt. The wines must come from selected vineyards. The three white wines are Feenhaube
(named after a Celtic
cult site made of stone, max. 11% vol. alcohol content), Urkristall
(cabinet grade) and Silberdistel
(after the plant native to this area). The red wine is called Feuervogel
and is a cuvée of the red grape varieties.