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Austrians add new appellation in Burgenland

Austria has a sixth wine appellation, Leithaberg in Burgenland, which will be the first DAC to incorporate both red and white wines. The Districtus Austriae Controllatus system was launched in 2003 to distinguish wines that reflect an area's typical wine style.

To qualify for DAC status, a Leithaberg DAC white must be made from Grüner Veltliner, Weissburgunder (Pinot blanc), Chardonnay or Neuburger while a Leithaberg red must be produced from Blaufränkisch.

The first wines Leithaberg DAC wines will be available in September 2010 with whites from the 2009 vintage and reds from 2008.