News Archives: Austria

Nikolaihof: Deep Roots in the Wachau

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On the eastern edge of the Wachau valley, there lies Nikolaihof, in the quiet village of Mautern. In its current manifestation, Nikolaihof is a wine estate, yet it has lived many lives. The wines of the house are a singular experience: the combination of unique Wachau terroirs with ancestral technique blends together in this place … Read More

Heidi Schröck: A Revival in Rust

Heidi Schröck: A Revival in Rust

In the medieval village of Rust, Heidi Schröck has been building a movement. She leads the Cercle Ruster Ausbruch, a group of like-minded growers who are working to bring the area’s distinctive Ruster Ausbruch back into the fore of Austrian wine. Heidi and her sons, Georg and Johannes grow Welschriesling, Weissburgunder, Grauburgunder, Furmint, Gelber Muskateller, … Read More

Weingut Prieler: Benchmark Austrian Blaufränkisch

Weingut Prieler: Benchmark Austrian Blaufränkisch

  For more than 150 years, the Prieler family has been farming in the village of Schützen, located on the western side of the Lake Neusiedl. Like many family estates, acreage was diverse and included grains, fruits, potatoes, and animals; a mixture of crops that was geared more to subsistence rather than sales. Grape growing and … Read More

Weingut Hirsch: Great Kamptal Terroir

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Johannes Hirsch is one of the most dynamic producers in Austria. Over the last 15 years Hirsch has pioneered the use of screw-caps starting in 2003 even for his top, single vineyard wines, converted his winery to biodynamics (Respekt certified), and won numerous awards for his intelligent, inquisitive and distinct approach to winemaking. Hirsch works exclusively … Read More