Weingut Stadt Krems was founded in 1452 as a source of revenue for the hospital of Krems and is one of the oldest wineries in Austria. The municipality of Krems still owns the 560-year old winery and is today one of the best in the region. Farming practices are ‘Certified Sustainable,’ and the estate belongs to the prestigious Traditionsweingüter.
Kremstal is a transitional region between the loess soils of Kamptal and the stone terraces of Wachau and the character of its wines depends greatly on vineyard location. The vineyards of Weingut Stadt Krems are within the city limits of Krems and its neighboring district of Stein where steep terraces face the Danube on primary rock-based soils.
Riesling Ried Grillenparz is a single-vineyard in Stein and classified as Erste Lage (premier cru) by the Traditionsweingüter. Grillenparz lies near the Wachau border and is a south-facing terraced hill with layers of gneiss, mica-schist, and calcareous conglomerates. Grillenparz translates as “cricket plot” and owes its name to the heat retaining soil that makes this both an attractive habitat for crickets and an ideal site for Riesling.
Austrian Riesling is defined by elevated levels of dry extract thanks to a lengthy ripening period and freshness due to dramatic temperature swings between day and night. Austrian Riesling is always made in a dry style and shows aromas and flavors of ripe citrus, stone fruit, and flowers, with a persistent underpinning of minerality.
Riesling’s high acidity makes it one of the most versatile wines at the table. Riesling can be used to cut the fattiness of foods such as pork or sausages and can tame saltiness. Conversely, it can highlight foods such as fish or vegetables in the same way a squeeze of lemon or a vinaigrette enhances a dish.