The Kremstal covers 2,243 hectares of vineyards and is between the Wachau and Kamptal. The soils near the Wachau to the west, are mostly on primary rock (although not as steep as the Wachau). And to the east, the terraced vineyards are on rolling hillsides with conglomerate and loess terroir. Loess is very fine particles that have been carried by air and then compacted together - it looks compact, but crumbles when you touch it. The vineyards in the east give opulent and full-bodied wines. South of the Danube, there is a monastery high on a hilltop, the Benedictine Stift Göttweig monastery from 1072 and the surrounding vineyards are a part of the Kremstal.