by Barb B
Napa, CA and Hereford, AZ , Arizona
July 2, 2001
In the year 1301 a man named Ritzling, whose vineyards were near the Danube, planted grapes which he cultivated into Germany's Rhineland and then brought back to Austria under the name Riesling. Today more than 1,000 winegrowers belong to the Wachau cooperative and their headquarters is located in a 1719 castle outside the city of Dümstein near Melk.
Ursula Hackl, our "Wein Verkauf" (wine buyer/seller) was extremely knowledgeable about the local wines and patiently described the numerous varieties of the area. Since we live in California’s Napa Valley, we find a special pleasure in discovering satisfying wines during our European visits. We like to enjoy our "Souvenir wines" along the way. By sipping our souvenirs throughout the trip, we don’t have extra baggage to take home. We purchased 3 bottles of tasty Austrian wines and a remarkable German-made corkscrew to add to our corkscrew collection.
The Shop offers wine seminars throughout the year and has a tastefully decorated sales room and art display above the shop. Located just a few steps off the Main thoroughfare at 5 Kirchengasse, 3390 Melk, Austria. You can visit their beautiful website at - www.weinundwachau.at
From journal Got Melk??