The mild climate and rich soil in Southern Burgenland make it an ideal wine-producing area. The growers have always jealously guarded the distinctive regional characteristics of their wines, and recently they have even produced a series of guidelines to define their uniqueness. In Southern Burgenland, producing fine wine is a matter of local pride and wine connoisseurs the world over agree on the superb results their commitment achieves.
The delightful "Weinidylle" region is just that, an enchanting, idyllic landscape of rolling hills and sleepy vines. Any wine grower here will tell you that the secret behind the exceptional body and fine bouquets of the wines from Southern Burgenland is quality and not quantity. Most of the producers operate in small vineyards with limited production levels and each step in the growth and vinification process is followed with the utmost care, combining long-standing traditions with the most up-to-date technology. This is why the Weinidylle has become synonymous with excellence, charm and authenticity and why the local people are so eager to share their secrets with the rest of the world.
This area is particularly famous for its superior, full-bodied reds, matured in oaken casks. The superb Blaufränkisch with its rich, tannic bouquet is the main red produced here, but the area also boasts excellent Zweigelts, Blauburgers, Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots.
The white wines are also superb. Welschriesling is a good example of the crisp, fruity whites produced here, but there are also fine Weißburgunders (Pinot Blanc), Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blancs and Riesling-Sylvaners.
Of particular note is the world-famous Uhudler wine. This fruity wine with a powerful taste of wild berries is something of an institution in Burgenland, even if the grapes actually come from American vines. Initially at odds with European Union legislation, modern monitoring methods have now succeeded in establishing this unique product as a genuine local attraction and an exciting new experience for any wine enthusiast.
Southern Burgenland has much to offer the visitor: peaceful landscapes, picturesque villages and a wine growing tradition that dates back centuries. In the Weinidylle region, local life, customs and history are so closely tied to the vineyards that you cannot explore the area without exploring its wines. There are the ancient cellars at Heiligenbrunn, the Wine Museum at Moschendorf, the Vinothek Südburgenland, the Uhudler Vinothek and of course, the VINEST agency, where visitors can sample the products of all the partners in the Vinest project. Most important of all, however, is simply to relax in the friendly atmospher e of one of the many "Buschenschanks" and enjoy either a dark red Blaufränkisch or a refreshing, cool Welschriesling. Then, with the beauty of the landscape in front of you, time seems to slow its pace and the wonder of the "Weinidylle" finally comes true.