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Austria - Destination Wachau (Part 2)

Bailliage of Austria
April 24, 2024

A culinary journey through Austria's gastronomic gem
" the Wachau region offers a tantalizing array of culinary delights and specialities that reflect its unique terroir and centuries-old traditions "

Nestled within the breathtaking landscapes of the Danube River, Austria’s Wachau Valley is not only a feast for the eyes but also a paradise for food enthusiasts. Renowned for its rich culinary heritage and exceptional local produce, the Wachau region offers a tantalizing array of culinary delights and specialities that reflect its unique terroir and centuries-old traditions.

At the heart of the Wachau’s culinary scene are its vineyards, which produce some of Austria’s finest wines. The region’s steep terraced slopes, bathed in abundant sunshine and nourished by the Danube’s fertile waters, provide perfect conditions for cultivating grapes of exceptional quality. Grüner Veltliner and Riesling are stars of the Wachau wine scene, with their crisp acidity, vibrant fruit flavours, and distinctive minerality.

In addition to its world-class wines, the Wachau Valley is renowned for its culinary specialities, many of which are made with traditional recipes passed down through generations. One of these is “Wachauer Marillen” [English: Wachau apricots], which thrive in the region's warm microclimate being celebrated for their exceptional flavour and sweetness. This succulent fruit is used to create a variety of delicious treats, including jams, pastries, liqueurs, even savoury dishes like apricot-glazed ham and chicken.

From hearty soups and stews to crisp salads and vegetable gratins, the Wachau’s cuisine is characterized by its simplicity, freshness, and emphasis on seasonal ingredients. Local specialities include Wachauer Laberln, pastries made from wheat and rye flour, which were invented in 1905 by Rudolf Schmidl, a baker from Dürnstein in the Wachau. Wachauer Marillenknoedel, a delectable dessert made from apricots wrapped in sweet dough, served with a dusting of powdered sugar.

No visit to the Wachau Valley would be complete without sampling its famous artisanal cheeses. From creamy examples to tangy blue cheeses, the region’s dairy producers craft a wide variety of cheeses using traditional methods and locally sourced milk. Visitors can sample these cheeses at local markets and delicatessens. Enjoy them as part of a traditional Austrian cheese platter paired with crusty bread, fruit, and a glass of Wachau wine.

The Wachau Valley is a culinary paradise waiting to be explored, with rich culinary heritage, exceptional wines, and delicious local specialties. Whether you're savouring a glass of Grüner Veltliner overlooking vineyards, indulging in a decadent apricot dessert, or sampling artisanal cheeses at a local market, the flavours of Wachau are sure to leave a lasting impression on your palate.

Prepared by a Chaîne News Online Staff Writer
Researched from various sources. E&OE

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