For the Vinea Wachau, wine is a completely natural product, one which represents its area of origin and the distinctions of the area as well. The Codex Wachau is a declaration of dedication to natural wine production, and the strictest of controls in the catagories of Steinfeder, Federspiel und Smaragd. Absolutely no chemical-change processes or taste-altering changes are permitted.
The Vinea Wachau (Vinea Wachau Nobilis Districtus) was founded in 1983 as an association of wine makers in the Wachau wine-growing area.
Restricting the production of wines to the legally defined growing area only, and the commitment without compromise to quality, origin and purity, are the association's main principles.
The name Vinea Wachau Nobilis Districtus actually dates back to Leuthold I von Kuenring (1243 - 1313). The core of his possessions was comprised of what is today the wine-growing area of Wachau.