Why is DAC always associated with the area names?
DAC is the abbreviation for Districtus Austriae Controllatus and means something like "state-controlled designation of origin" for a certain area.
What is the purpose of DAC?
DAC is a clear commitment of the winegrowers to the area's typicality, because the area often shapes the style of the wine much more than the type and sugar content of the grapes. In any case, only Veltliner and Riesling are allowed to bear the name of the wine-growing region and the designation DAC in the Danube region. Lower Austria is on the label for all other varieties. The Traisental DAC is the logical consequence of the experience of many generations of winegrowers in a region that specializes in Grüner Veltliner and Riesling.
Is DAC the brand of a winegrowers' association?
No. DAC is a legal term that every winemaker can use, provided the wine corresponds in origin, quality and style and has obtained the state test number.
What is the difference between a DAC wine and a DAC reserve?
There are the two stylistic archetypes of the Danube region: Classic Veltliner and Riesling with fine spice, stressed fruit, no botrytis note and no wood tone, which are balanced in the classic middle weight (12 - 12.5%) and are dry (e.g. cabinet style), can now be called DAC. The Veltiner and Rieslings with distinctive aroma and ripeness, more density and strength (at least 13% alcohol) and length in the finish may be called DAC reserve if they are dry and at least until March of the year following the harvest in the cellar ripen (roughly late harvest).