Wine growing in and around Krems can be traced back more than 2,000 years. Due to the mild climate, the quality of the soil and the local wine growers' hard work, Krems and the Wachau developed into Austria’s best wine growing regions.
Wine growing in Krems
The first quality grapes were harvested in the 3rd century AD under the Roman emperor Probus (276-282). According to the "Vita Sankt Severini", Saint Severin, who lived in Krems and Mautern, retired "ad vineas", into the vineyards.
At the beginning of September 2018, triggered by the release of the novel "Wein des Vergessens" by Bernhard Herrman and Robert Streibel (Residenz Verlag), WINZER KREMS eG was confronted with previously unresolved aspects of its history in the NS-era. These concern individual properties that were owned by the Jewish family Robitschek before the National Socialist annexed Austria and were subsequently arianized.
Until 1938 parts of the winery in the Sandgrube were owned by the Jewish wine merchant Paul Robitschek and his mother Johanna. After the annexation of Austria to the national-socialist Germany, Robitschek fled Austria. His winery was "arianised " and acquired by the Winzergenossenschaft Krems in 1939. In 1948 a restitution procedure took place.
This dark period of National Socialism in the history of WINZER KREMS will be reviewed by the renowned and critical historian, Dr. Brigitte Bailer-Galanda in 2018 and 2019.
(see also Wine growing in Krems)