What could be more romantic? Neat rows of terraced vineyards stretching along a bend in the River Danube. One can almost hear accompanying strains of Strauss waltzes or a Chopin sonata.
The scene changes to another famous place, Hollywood's Sunset Strip.
It was all part of a tasting and luncheon at the five star Boa Steakhouse to introuduce the Austrian showplace wines of Domane Wachau.
Conducting the tasting was Roman Horvath, Master of Wine at Domane Wachau which is producing outstanding white wines from Gruner Veltiner and Riesling grapes.
The cooperative winery is located in the town of Durnstein in the Wachau Valley which has been producing wines since the Middle Ages.
The tasting was in six flights and ranged from 2015 Rieslings and Gruner Veltiners to 2009 and 2010 vintages. The flights also showed wines from several different vineyards ranged along the valley and river.
Attending were restaurant food and beverage managers, sommeliers and media.
The Boa Restaurant did its part with charred Tuna Tartare as a starter, a memorable Chilean Seabass or petite filet and a cheese platter.
The tasting concluded with a higher proof Gruner Veltliner V.D.N. 2015 and sweet 2012 Beerenauslese Terrassen.
The location of Domane Wachau in the Wachau Valley enjoys a micro climate of warm summers and cold winters and with the warming influence of the Danube River allows for relatively late autumn harvesting.
Domane Wachau wines, besides its popularity in Austria, enjoys a large market in all the neighboring countries including Germany, the Netherlands and Baltic countries.