Climate and soil conditions are the predominant factors that determine the character of a wine. The taste of Kamptal comes most clearly into its own in the two leading varieties: Grüner Veltliner and Riesling. Therefore, only accurately defined wines of these two varieties may use the state-controlled designation of origin “Kamptal DAC” (DAC = “Districtus Austria Controllatus”).
With “Kamptal DAC” designated wines must have a minimum alcohol content from 12 to 12.5 percentage volume of alcohol, wines bearing the label “Kamptal DAC Reserve” must have 13% alcohol or more. “Kamptal DAC” wines are dry and made by Grüner Veltliner and Riesling. Wines of the category “Kamptal DAC Reserve” must boast, in addition to a pronounced regional and varietal flavour, a powerful stylishness and be dense and long on the finish. A subtle botrytis and wood tone is here – in contrast to “Kamptal DAC” – permissible and often desirable.