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The wine

Our wide assortment is composed of 80% white wines and 20% red wines. Particularly rich in variety is the "Austrian National grape" Grüner Veltliner, which is produced in five different styles. It is also worth mentioning that we produce wine from Roter Veltliner, an autochthonous vine variety with a growing popularity.

 

As the weather changes constantly, you will find some information about the individual vintages:

 

2017: Good quantity and very good quality

The 2017’s wine year in Austria surprised with numerous, sometimes severe hail storms and extreme temperatures. Despite all these weather extremes, the vintage 2017 was not affected entirely. Due to a convenient spring period, we were able to start optimistically in this year's vegetation phase. Throughout 2017, the joint commitment of all winegrower colleagues counteracted possible late frost damages. After a nice flowering, the hot and dry summer followed. We had to irrigate our young vines partly by hand, but the old vines survived the drought and it was only with the red wines to lower yields. At the beginning of September a little bit of rain came and helped the grapes, which until then had worked as it were on the back burner, to start the vegetation turbo once again and to accelerate the development of the consistently healthy grapes.
Overall, we recorded a good harvest in 2017, with fully ripe grape material, good quantity and excellent quality.

 

2016: Outstanding vintage in spite of some troubles

 The wine year 2016 held some surprises for the Austrian wine development: a mild winter with the second warmest February in 250 years, followed by a dry March and an unsettled April. Between April 26th and 29th, three extremely frosty nights clashed the early shoot. Thanks to good cooperation with other winemakers we could prevent worse by using smoke obscuration. A special wine-growing challenge was the long-lasting summer rainy season, which made the spreading of Peronospora (downy mildew, mushroom disease) even in case of intensive countermeasures partly unavoidable.


For a conciliatory conclusion of the wine year, the unusually warm, sunny and dry September finally brought the grapes to a very good maturity and cool nights to the end of the month led to an optimal aroma development. Good further weather with occasional rainfall in the autumn allowed us to have a relaxed harvest without time pressure which led to grape material with developed maturity and nutrient supply.

 

2015: Winegrowers calmed - wine has heat year survived

After a difficult wine year the winegrowing season has started optimistic with sufficient winter humidity and a beautiful spring. After a pleasing flowering there were in some regions some rainfall, before the vineyards, as well as all other cultures, were faced with a hot and dry summer. Drought and heatwaves with temperatures far beyond the 30 ° C mark brought especially vineyards on shallow soils, and young plants to its limits.

Especially in our region Wagram we had to insert hard setbacks. From the 6th to the 7th of May, a violent thunderstorm with heavy hail arrived at 2 o'clock in the morning. Within 15 minutes, all vegetation would be destroyed.

 In mid-August came the long-awaited rain, which was sufficient for most areas. The last heat wave could be utilized optimally for the ripening progress of the grapes and the cooler nights had a very positive effect on the flavor formation.

We also benefited from the good weather and it was possible to bring a small amount of extremely good quality in the bottle. Especially our main varieties Grüner and Roter Veltliner convince with finesse, beautiful fruit, good acidity and longevity. The aromatic varieties such as Riesling or Gelber Muskateller present themselves this year extremely fruity and lightly.

 Overall a very good vintage, which unfortunately exist in our region in too small amounts.

 

2014: Worth the struggle

After a very mild Winter and a dry, beautiful beginning of Spring, an exceedingly cool, wet month of May served as a first warning. There was favourable weather during the flowering period, however, after a brief heat wave, the wet conditions returned and lasted more or less throughout the entire Summer.  August in particular was extremely cloudy and lacking in sunshine, although there were still some signs of a good vintage ahead. The final confirmation of a difficult vintage, however, was a very wet September. Only in October did the tide turn just a bit for the better.Through the meticulous selection of grapes, the main variety Grüner Veltliner delivered wines with plenty of fruitiness, lean- to medium body and a fresh, but never aggressive, acidity structure. Also for our Riesling, a prolongation of the harvest's beginning was rewarded with a fruity, classic and drinking animating wine. Also our Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) is round in structure. We are especially proud of our Muskateller, because many winemakers in our region had to deal with this variety. In the red sector, expected are wines balanced with dark fruitiness and leanness that most likely will prompt early drinking pleasure.

 

2013: So we wish us the Austrian wine


A cool winter with high amounts of snow and sufficient rain caused at the beginning of the wine year for a good moisture supply of the soil. The lower temperatures in March and April resulted in significantly delayed shoot and a later bloom than in the two preceding years. In June wet cold weather impaired, followed by a first heat wave, fertilization of our main vine Grüner Veltliner strong - couloure were the result. Immediately after the floods in June set up a extreme summer heat and brought especially in July and August a number of hot days , so the summer 2013 was ranked among the five hottest of the last century. During the dry period, many vineyards nearly stopped the vegetation. Fortunately, the soils were very well moisturized. The months of September and October were still very balanced and the night temperatures were cooler than in the years before. As a result, the maturity of the grapes continuously developed and the desired sugar levels have been reached.


The described couloure caused by the vine Grüner Veltliner to the formation of tiny, seedless berries - the so-called Virgin berries, which bring more sweetness. The result are extremely dense and deep fruit Veltliners, with great flavor, perfect acidity and very high storage capacity.


Our rarity Roter Veltliner is as well outstanding this year - very intense and fruity.

 

2012: A beautiful year

During the night of May 18th, late frost damaged numerous vines in Lower Austria. The following summer was dry and moderately hot, therefore very positive for the vine growth. Although we thought acids would decline rapidly because of the higher temperatures, that didn't happened! At the time of the harvest, the weather caracteristics were similar to the vintage 2011. The favorable weather made it possible for the winegrowers to set the date of the harvest according to their liking and desired maturity. All in all, the harvest started a little bit earlier then the year before. Healthy, beautiful, loose clusters were harvested. The must quantities were low so we expect very good quality but with lover quantity.

This vintage provided all Austrian wine lovers with extremely good, rich and fruity wines, however lower in quantities. Some of the wines show very good storable potential. 

 

  • 2011: Fine wines, fine amount

The vintage 2011 was a challenging year for the winegrowers of Wagram. The weather caracteristics were very demanding. The season started promising, the soil water saturation was very good so the vegetation period started early. During the flowering the weather was variable. The summer was lower in temperatures and with high precipitation. The autumn brought perfect weather, often with temperatures over 20 °C - ideal conditions for the maturation of the grapes, but also the risk of drought stress.

It was difficult to harvest while the temperatures were still very high. This meant that the harvest had to be done rapidly. The picked grapes were processed quickly to avoid the negative effects in the wine, for example high contents of tanning agent. The vintage 2011 was high in yields and resulted in moderate acidity. The Veltliners from the loess are powerful, as well as the Pinot Blanc wines. The Riesling wines are intensively fruity. This vintage provided us with full and creamy wines.

 

  • 2010: A happy ending in a small amount

In Austria the vintage 2010 was the lowest in yield in a few past decades. The reagion Wagram was strongly affected with losses often higher then 50%. This was a year with a lot of rainfall, even during the flowering period of the vines. This resulted with low pollinisation and therefore uneven clusters. The increased risk of fungal infection was constant. Because of these reasons many tanks and barrels of the winemakers stayed empty.

As this was not enough, during the night of July 15th, between 10pm and 11pm a hail storm hit the region.  Some vineyards were nearly completely damaged. That was the night, where the winegrowers had just a few minutes to harvest as much as they could.

Despite all disasters the wine quality was still excellent. The analytical values of the wines were predominantly high. The acidity levels were 1 to 1,3 g/l higher then the year before. The wines by 2010 were racier in style, but this also means a higher maturity and storage potential.

 

  • 2009: By the law of the 9er-series

There is an almost scary series! The legendary 9er vintages fulfill their reputation also in the new millennium.

This was also an exciting and challenging year for the Wagram region. The year 2009 can be described as a very rainy year, and that was good for the vine growth. A hail storm hit the region on the 2nd of August and did a lot of damage to the vines. The proceeding work was very time consuming and some wineries had suffered over 75% of income loss. Despite all the disadvantages the vintage 2009 can be described as a good year. 

 

  • 2008: No event for the faint of heart

The winemakers were presented with many obstacles due to the difficult weather conditions in 2008. Hail storm, significant rainfall and fog made grape maturation more difficult and winegrowers very busy during the vegetation period. There were also unusually early cases of downy mildew in the spring. In some places winemakers had to harvest later then usual, but that only shows that they know how to predict and harvest only pure and ripe grapes.

The high yielding harvest filled fairly empty tanks. In general there was a lot of scepticism concerning what will be the results of the laborious year 2008, however concerns proved to be in vain. The first tasting of the young wines showed that winemakers maintained the quality and produced very fruity and peppery tasting wines. After the last autumn this was more then everybody expected.

 

  • 2007: Good and Fruity

"Good and Fruity" is how we could describe this year. By the end of October harvest was completed almost everywhere.

In general we were pleased with the high quality of the grapes. The sugar levels were moderate with a good acid level. Precision and good work quality in the vineyard were rewarded with full bodied and fruity wines. Despite some negative predictions, winegrowers were satisfied with this years harvest. Once again nature tought us a lesson.   

 

  • 2006: The wine year and the 2006 vintage wine

The vegetation period started fairly late. The weather was very variable during the flowering and that resulted in lower fruit set, especially for the variety Grüner Veltliner. The month July was dry and warm but thankfully the soil was well saturated since the autumn 2005 so no damages occurred. Just a few isolated vineyards in the region suffered from fungal infections such as Downy mildew. The grapes matured well but the month August was fairly rainy, so additional work had to be done in the vineyard.

At the end of August the vineyards were in excellent conditions, with lush leafs and healthy grapes. Good weather conditions at the beginning of September accelerated grape maturity and made in the year 2006 an excellent vintage.

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