Wine tourists usually drive past cooperatives without stopping, and for good reason. Most of them operate on the principle of the lowest common denominator. Finding a home for tons of often mediocre grapes is the priority, not high-quality wine production. There are exceptions in Chablis, St-Emilion, Barbaresco – and in the town of Dürnstein in the Wachau.
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Originally known as the Freie Weingärtner Wachau, this cooperative’s name was changed in 2008. But by then it already had a strong reputation.
It works with 250 growers who farm 450 hectares, and the annual production is around three million bottles. It does help that the region contains some of Europe’s outstanding vineyards.