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  • Weinviertel wine-growing region (Lower Austria)

  • 16 hectares of vineyards

  • Main varieties: Grüner Veltliner, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling

  • Annual production approx. 100,000 litres of wine

  • Most important locations: Ried Atschbach, Ried Triftberg, Ried Sündlasberg, Ried Nussberg

  • Environmentally friendly cultivation of the vineyards - no use of herbicides and insecticides

  • Participation in the Austrian program to promote environmentally friendly, extensive agriculture that protects natural habitats

  • Long aging of the wines on the fine lees

The Retzer Land, located in the northwest of the Weinviertel, comprises six municipalities. Each one has its own charm, their own winemakers, their own history and their own peculiarities.

Our hometown Obermarkersdorf is located southwest of Retz. It belongs to the three Kastralcommunities of the municipality Schrattenthal, at the foothills of the Manhartsberg. In 1969, through the amalgamation of the communities Schrattenthal, Obermarkersdorf and Waitzendorf, the large community "Stadtgemeinde Schrattenthal" was created.

The eponymous place is one of the smallest historical cities in Austria.

1998:  Obermarkersdorf : "creative - innovative - cooperative"
Obermarkersdorf was awarded the "European Village Renewal Prize 1998", making it the overall winner of the competition.

Obermarkersdorf is an ancient wine-growing place with a great tradition - the place was first mentioned in a document in 1171 (!) at the pension book of the Cistercian Abbey Zwettl, in connection with a donation of a vineyard to "Marquartsdorf".

Numerous well-known winemaking families are based here, the 260 hectares of vineyards extend up to the forests on Manhartsberg.  

Ried Sündlasberg

Die Riede Sündlasberg ist eine unserer besten Lagen.

Nach Süd-Osten ausgerichtet, liegt die Lage direkt am Manhartsberg (Grenze Wald- und Weinviertel) auf ca. 360 Höhenmeter.

Die kühlen Fallwinde und das Muttergestein Granit im Untergrund verleihen den Weinen eine besondere Mineralität und filigrane Struktur.

Ried Triftberg

Die Riede Triftberg liegt neben dem Sündlasberg und ist noch steiniger und trockener - hier fühlt sich besonders der Riesling wohl!

Auf 340 Höhenmeter entstehen hier mineralische langlebige Rieslinge.

Bodenauflage ist hier nur ca. 30 cm, danach kommt der Granit durch. Die Wurzeln der Reben haben also direkten Kontakt mit dem Muttergestein 

und löst Mineralstoffe davon heraus.

Ried Atschbach

Einer unserer ältesten und besten Grüner Veltliner Weingärten steht in der Riede Atschbach. 

Die Nähe zum Manhartsberg verleiht dem Wein durch die großen Tag - Nacht - Temperaturunterschiede eine besonders feine Aromatik.

Der schwere tonhaltige Boden mit Graniteinschlüssen versorgt den trockenheitsempflindlichen Grüner Veltliner, durch die gute Wasserspeicherfähigkeit,

mit Wasser. 

Daraus resultieren kräftige Veltliner mit großem Reifepotential.

Ried Nussberg

Die größte Riede in Obermarkersdorf ist der Nussberg. Der Tonanteil ist auch hier relativ hoch, damit kann gut das wenige Wasser über die

Sommermonate gehalten werden. 

Der Weißburgunder fühlt sich hier besonders wohl und reift voll aus.

Auch diese Weine reifen sehr gut, nach 3-5 Jahren (und abhängig vom Jahrgang auch länger) hat er seinen Höhepunkt erreicht.



Climatically, Obermarkersdorf is quite cool due to its proximity to the Waldviertel, especially compared to the surrounding wine-growing communities. The cool downdraft winds from Manhartsberg cause large fluctuations between day and night temperatures, especially in the months before the harvest. This creates the complex aromas in the grapes in this interplay. This is noticeable in the wines as cool fruit with partly exotic hints.

Geologically, the Manhartsberg belongs to the Bohemian mass. As a collective term for their crystalline rocks such as granite, gneiss and slate, the term "primary rock" has become common.  You can see the 600 million year old granite sticking out of the landscape in bizarre knolls here and there due to the weathering.

Historic old town of Retz

Retz inspires. Retz relaxed. Retz seduces.

Retz is contagious. Retz enchants. Retz enthusiastic.

The southernmost city in the north has a lot to offer:


  • Town Hall / Town Hall Tower: Wonderful views from the magnificent tower from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, with great frescoes.

  • Town hall chapel : Incomparable wall paintings and ornaments in the baroque and rococo styles. 

  • Town square : From the Venetian Renaissance to the Baroque and Biedermeier periods - strolling through the marvelous market square is like traveling back in time.

  • Windmill : For a good reason, the last grinding windmill in Austria is the landmark of the city of Retz. Even today, the finest flour is still produced and processed into crispy bread.

  • Adventure cellar: Guided tour through Austria's largest wine cellar, below the beautiful and historic old town of Retz.

  • City wall : Stone towers and fortification walls with a green moat and two impressive city gates. The city wall circuit opens up new perspectives.

  • City parish church : Mentioned for the first time in 1200, the listed church of St. Stephan is a historical eye-catcher.

  • Dominican Church : One of the oldest three-aisled Gothic hall churches in Austria is the resting place of the city's founder, Count Berchtold von Rabenswald and St. Placidus, Retz town patron.

  • Bicycle Museum : A journey through time through bicycle history from 1820 in the Schüttkasten of Schloss Gatterburg: 

  • Park open-air bath: Several pools, also for toddlers, sports facilities and slides ensure bathing fun in crystal clear Grander water.
    Museum Retz in the public hospital: Once a public hospital, the pretty house next to the Znaimertor, now houses valuable exhibits from the Retz city collection, including the famous Europe allegory, and the oldest grapevine in Lower Austria in its courtyard.

Thayatal National Park

  • Large, cross-border nature reserve, which is one of the last near-natural valley landscapes
    Central Europe

  • Learn all about the life of the fascinating, considered extinct, wild animals at the
    Wildcat enclosure of the National Park House. Show-feeding of "Frieda and Carlo".

  • Countless events, including night hikes with bats and owls.

  • Offers for children and young people under the motto "Free and wild like a wild cat".

  • In the middle of the basin majestically sits Hardegg Castle.

Bike & wine tours

The Weinviertel offers countless cycling, hiking and wine routes.

Among other things, the famous Weinviertel DAC bike tour . By bike through the hilly Retzer Land, 

accompanied by vineyards - exciting insights into romantic cellar lanes and historical settlements

are waiting for the ambitious leisure cyclist on this full-day tour.

Reblaus Express

"The most beautiful connection between the Weinviertel and Waldviertel!"

The nostalgic winetrain commutes comfortably between the sun-drenched Retz vineyards and

the quiet forests and ponds of the Waldviertel.

In the Heurigenwaggon, local winegrowers spoil you with regional delicacies.

There are countless tourist attractions along the route of the Reblaus Express, each station is a attraction.

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Culinary & accommodation

  • Enjoyment is very important in the Weinviertel! You will be spoiled with culinary delights in our restaurants and inns! Further information

  • The accommodation providers in the region look forward to welcoming you as a guest. Further information

At a glance

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