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Millions of years ago, the Danube found its way from its source in Germany to the Black Sea and became one of the most vital rivers in Europe. In modern-day Austria, the waterway’s steep banks created ideal conditions for winegrowing. This verdant river valley is the heart of Lower Austria, or Niederösterreich, the region that built the reputation of Austrian wine in the United States.
As consumer tastes change, however, so does Lower Austrian winemaking. Producers in Austria’s largest wine region now embrace diverse styles, with both traditional and natural wines leading the charge.