Districtus Austriae Controllatus, or DAC for short, is a geographical indicator exclusively reserved for high-quality wines from specific growing regions in Austria. The new DAC status granted to the Gemischter Satz ensures that any wines displaying this label come from the Austrian capital and meet the highest quality standards. The rules governing the Gemischter Satz dictate that the blend must contain at least three white-wine grape varieties, all of which must have been grown side by side at the same vineyard in Vienna, with no one single variety accounting for more than 50% of the total volume. This Viennese specialty wine has been admitted to the international Slow Food Foundation’s Ark of Taste, a distinction only accorded to products worthy of special attention.
The origins of the “Wiener Gemischter Satz” go back as far as the 19th century, when quality grapes such as Riesling, Rotgipfler, Pinot Blanc and Traminer were planted in the vineyards alongside other varieties used for making white wines. At harvest time all of the grapes were processed together. Besides spreading the risk and improving yields, this approach led to a particularly finely nuanced wine. As each variety ripened at a different stage, even the most devastating weather conditions would leave at least some of the crop unscathed. The Gemischter Satz was consigned to a life in the shadows as a simple table wine for many years, but thanks to the efforts of legendary grower Franz Mayer and the WienWein group it has been given a new lease on life in recent years.