The Wachau Valley is arguably one of the most beautiful stretches of the Danube’s traverse of Austria. Settled since prehistoric times, the architectural elegance of its ancient monasteries, castles and ruins meshes effortlessly with the urban fabric of its towns and villages, attracting citizens and visitors alike to this stretch of the EU’s longest river. With civilization comes agriculture and the cultivation of vines, which have both been prominent associations with the Wachau region for millennia.

While it is a relatively small region producing only 3% of Austria’s wine volume, the roughly 33km valley located midway between the towns of Melk and Krems is blessed with a mild climate, breathtaking views and an undulating landscape perfectly suited for viticulture. The region is home to renowned winegrowers producing some of Europe’s most sought-after white wines.

Among the region’s finest winegrowers Nikolaihof stands out as the oldest and first biodynamic wine estate in the world. Nikolaihof is run by Christine Saahs and her family, producing award winning, Rieslings and other white wines. These wines are natural in every sense: no chemicals, no enzymes, no commercial yeasts etc.

We are proud to carry the wines of Nikolaihof and their latest offer can be found here.

It’s not hard to imagine that the wine and the food from one of the most beautiful river valleys on earth could be anything but thrilling and for Christine Saahs of Nikolaihof, cooking is just one part of the anthrosophical, whole life philosophy that she and her family have put into practice for over 40 years.

In her Wachau Cookbook Christine lovingly weaves this philosophy, and her memories of life in the Wachau with the culinary traditions and outstanding natural products of the region into truly delicious recipes sure to bestow a vital, invigorating power and delight guests in your own home.

If you have had the pleasure of tasting the wines of Nikolaihof we are sure you will be equally impressed with the recipes from Christine’s book.