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Neusiedlersee - Hugelland

This region lies between Vienna and the shallow Neusiedlersee. The climate is remarkable as the humidity generated by the lake through the autumn months encourages botrytis cinerea to attack the vines and produce superb sweet wines.

The village of Rust is the most celebrated in the region, and a wine known as Ruster Ausbruch has been produced here for centuries. Austrian wine law defines Ausbruch as made from grapes with a sugar content between Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese; but in Rust it also defines a style, for the wines made here tend to be less sweet than Beerenauslese, with more of their sugar fermented into alcohol. Grapes such as Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), Welschriesling and Rulander (Pinot Gris) give outstanding botrytized wines, as can Bouvier, Furmint and Muskat-Ottonel.

Top producers include Feiler-Artinger, Hans Holler (sweet wines), Anton Kollwentz (dry wines), Engelbert Prieler, Peter Schandl, Heidi Schrock, Ernst Triebaumer (red wines), Robert Wenzel (sweet wines)

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