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The name „Wagram“ is probably derived from the Middle-High German word "Wogenrain" meaning from the edge, on the surges of a river or sea. The Wagram itself is a 40-kilometer-long, 10-kilometer-wide, and up to 30-meter-high terrace between Krems and Tulln along the northern bank of the Danube. It consists of gravel deposits with seashell fragments and fossils from the ancient Danube. On the edges of the Wagram, the southern slopes of these gravel mountains, fertile loess was deposited by ice age storms.
The Wagram loess
Loess is a homogeneous, unstratified, light yellowish-grey sediment consisting mainly of silt (unhardened clastic sediments and fine soil) of different origins. In the Wagram, the ochre-coloured loess layer is particularly solid, so the vines can root extremely deeply and seek water. Good protection for the vines against drought stress.
To this day, loess gives the Wagram its visual character and fertility. If you drive through the vineyards, you often do so along the impressive solid yellow escarpments, which also serve as nesting sites for lizards and birds.
Independently of this, the "Pure Wagram" initiative has succeeded in not only preserving, but even increasing the population of the rare Wiedehopf bird species in Wagram
The Wagram Climate
Our vineyards in the Wagram, which with its west-east expanse runs parallel to the Danube, are oriented towards the south. From the east, the foothills with a Pannonian climate have a mitigating effect on the Wagram. Cooling air from the northwest comes from the Waldviertel. The result is an interplay of warmth and coolness that allows the grapes to ripen with complex flavors and a good harmony of fruit and acidity.
OUR HOME VILLAGE
The village of Zaußenberg belongs to the winemaking community of Königsbrunn in the Wagram, and consists of only thirty houses. A very small quiet place, situated a bit off the beaten track. From the idyllic hills behind the village with their extensive vineyards, you have a beautiful view into the distance over Tullnerfeld to the Alps. Hikers and wine lovers are equally welcome in Zaußenberg.