The gorgeous rolling hills of Lower Austria (or Niederösterreich) run along the Danube River and are home to over 27,000 hectares of vines. In modern times, this area of Austria, especially Burgenland, has moved away from mass-produced wine and is now hailed as one of the country’s largest quality wine producing regions. 44% of the vineyards in Lower Austria are planted with its star grape variety, the zippy, fresh and savoury Gruner Veltliner, native to Austria. Riesling is also commonly grown here. To the north is the plain of Wagram with sandy top soils, producing top quality wines. As you skirt through Vienna and eastward, you'll discover the wines of Carnuntum with fabulous examples of red wines alongside the white wine classics.