Austrian Wine Tour
Guests will receive a wine glass, map and tasting sheet upon entering.
Wineries will pour 4 wines each, one of which will be paired with a food item (hot or cold) prepared by our chef.
Wine Region Wagram: The Wagram, a 25-mile long and 100 foot high ridge between the towns of Krems and Tulln consists of thousands of years old gravel sediments of the ancient Danube River. Soil and Climate: Clay soils and loess soils predominate with occasional granite formations. These very thick layers of soil give the advantage for vines to develop deep roots, penetrate the ground intensely, thus being protected against dryness on one hand and being able to reach the minerals and sediments on the other hand. The westeast expansion of the Wagram results in the fact that the vineyards are oriented towards the south and thus can stretch out towards the sun. Yet, this west-east expansion running parallel with the Danube has further advantages. From the east, the mild Pannonian climate follows the Danube upstream while from the west and northwest cool air from the Waldviertel flows into the Danube Valley. It is exactly this interplay between warm and cool that makes the wines rich in finesse, multi-layered, and ensures an interesting combination of fruit and acidity.
Production: The physiologically ripe grapes are harvested by hand and handled as gentle as possible. When grapes come in from the vineyards they are hand-selected on a sorter belt. A long period of extensive contact with the yeast makes the wines harmonious, ensuring that there is a quality balance between acidity and alcohol. As the wines are bottled relatively late they can mature slowly. This is exactly part of Anton Bauer‘s philosophy: Things need time to develop, and wine needs time as well.
Vineyard: 70 hectares (173 acres)
Wine Region Burgenland: It is a unique wine-producing region in an Austrian context because the most recognizable wines produced here are based on red varieties. This is why it is also unofficially called the red wine quarter of the country. At the same time very nice and unique whites are also produced in Burgenland!! This can be attributed to the plentiful sunshine the region experiences, which averages almost 2,000 hours per year.
Soil and Climate: The primary rock is slate. The perfect vineyards for our Pinot’s are limestone and brown soil. Hot, dry summers and cold winters combined with the temperature-regulating influence of the lake Neusiedl, which creates long vegetation periods. High humidity and autumn fog help to develop botrytis cinerea, which forms the basis for our top quality sweet wines, such as TBA Small Hill Sweet and TBA Hill 3.
The success story of the Leo Hillinger wine-growing estate…
With a 70-hectare area under cultivation in Austria, the Hillinger wine-growing estate is one of the largest high-quality wine producers in Austria. Since Leo Hillinger took over his father's small wine business in 1990, he has created a model Austrian business by instigating intelligent structural reforms and buying good locations around Jois and Rust. His “passionate” commitment has now paid off in more ways than one.
The Mittelbach family‘s Tegernseerhof, located in Unterloiben, just below Dürnstein, boasts a tradition dating back to the year 1002. The original facilities were built in 1176 by the Benedictine community of the Tegernsee Abbey. For centuries, the abbey was where the Bavarian monastery produced its wine. At the turn of the 19th century, it was acquired by the Austrian Empire and later, it went into private ownership.
Franz Mittelbach and his wife, Mathilde, are the fifth generation of Tegernseerhof owners. Since the 1970s, they have been continuously running the Tegernseerhof as a family business. Today, Martin Mittelbach, the son of Franz and Mathilde, is the current part of this history.
The Tegernseerhof vineyards flourish on stone terraces whose verdant soil plays host to a rich variety of indigenous fauna. Among the best-known, excellent locations and wines are Bergdistel, Hoehereck and Loibenberg (for Grüner Veltliner) as well as Loibenberg, Steinertal and Kellerberg (for Riesling). Our Estate is a member of the exclusive association “Vinea Wachau”, therefore the vinification follows the strict regulations of the “Codex Wachau“.
Vineyards: 45 hectares (111 acres)
Varieties: 50% Grüner Veltliner, the remaining 50% is Riesling, Muskateller, Sauvignon Blanc, Traminer, Pinot Blanc, Zweigelt, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Wine Region Kamptal: The name Kamptal refers to the Kamp river. This beautiful area is filled with culture and tourism, which are enhanced by the numerous Heurigen, wine taverns and Vinotheques. Karl Steininger is one of the initiators of the Loisium. The wineproject is nestled in the vineyards of Winery Steininger. It combines world class architecture and a mystical underground world of wine. (www.loisium.at)
Wine Village Langenlois: The family-run winery is situated in Austria’s biggest wine growing village, Langenlois, the heart of the Kamptal.
Soil and Climate: Loess with gravel. The dynamics between the hot, Pannonian lain in the east along with the cool Waldviertel to the northeast, interplay between hot days and cool nights. This confers great aromas and vigorous acidity to the grapes.
Production: Grüner Veltliner is the majority of the production. It can be found in different styles, from a light summer wine to powerful and voluminous full-bodied wines as well as dessert wines and our speciality - the sparkling wines - which are produced according to the traditional bottle fermenting method.
The Strauss wine estate, started in 1810 under the name “Schopper”. In 1948 Karl and Johanna Strauss took over the business, which their son Karl, who graduated from the Fruit and Wine Growing College in Silberberg with great distinction, carried on. The two sons Karl jun. and Gustav play an active and successful role in the business. Karl jun. is a business graduate and is responsible for logistics and office. Gustav having studied at the college in Silberberg like his father, and now a master wine-grower, is in charge of the vineyards and winery, a function he performs out with great flair and success.
The Strauss wine estate, whose high-quality products are already well known and widely appreciated beyond the region’s borders, is located in Steinbach, near Gamlitz. The enormous Gamlitzberg is the largest single wine-growing area in southern Styria.
With perfect climate conditions the Strauss vineyards are located on ideal south-facing slopes with optimum soil properties for the grape varieties of the highest quality.
Steindorfer is a traditionally-run family operation and located in „Seewinkel“at the eastern bank of the lake „Neusiedler See“. Our family has been engaged with wine for generations. Following this tradition, we create complexe, elaborate-noted and distinctive wines reflecting the typical character of the region. The pannonian climate as well as the favorable soil conditions of this northern part of the Burgenland-
Austria´s most eastern state – are allowing the production of superior quality wine. Our grape are handpicked and treated as well as processed with the highest accuracy.
Vineyards: 10 hectares (24.7 acres)
Wine Region Neusiedlersee: Great sweet wines - velvety reds. The eastern shore of Seewinkel lake Neusiedl, between Illmitz and Apetlon, offers perfect conditions for all levels of sweet wines due to the warm, shallow lake and its special, highly humid microclimate, which encourages the formation of noble rot. On the other hand, the light soils shape the character of the wines and promote their quality wine village Apetlon in the heart of the Seewinkel region next to Illmitz. The vineyards that belong to Steindorfer are also found on the lakeshore.
The Pannonian Climate: Hot dry summers and cold winters along with the temperature-regulating influence of Lake Neusiedl, bring about long vegetation periods. High humidity and autumn fog contribute to the development of botrytis cinerea, which is the basis of top quality wines, such a Beerenauslese (BA) and Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA).
The Soil and Different Grape: The highly diverse soil structure from loess and black varieties earth to sediment and sand allows for a wide range of vines to thrive. Apart from the leading white Welschriesling varietal, mainly Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) and Chardonnay, as well as aromatic varieties, mark the area. Red varietals planted are Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch, St. Laurent and Blauburgunder (Pinot Noir) as well as newly added international varieties. Whether fruity and charming, or matured in barriques, from ungrafted vines, or as cuvée blends the red wines of the Neusiedlersee region are clearly on the track to success.
In Burgenland, you will also find more and more red varieties being planted.
Ernst and Roland Steindorfer have produced numerous award winning red wines for many years.
A family bussiness:
Living on a full functioning farm consisting of cattle, pigs, apples, sunflowers, corn and of course, grape vineyards, the Michlits family is able to sustain their own biodynamic practice, from fertilizer to bottle. They are a Demeter certified wine producer and create the purest wine possible. Truly passionate care for the vineyards and the environment of the grapes can be tasted in each sip of wine.
Inspired by nature:
Werner Michlits is fourth generation winemaker in the town of Pamhagen in Burgenland, Austria. While he comes from the long line of family in the business, his wife, Angela, actually does most of the work in the cellar these days, shadowed by their three children that come with her second job as Mother. Meinklang, which translates to "my sound“, is the root that brings the connection of harmony within the earth and its life cycles to winemaking.
Biodynamic all over:
Werner, Angela and their family live by the biodynamic philosophy, always considering the life around them when making most daily decisions. Biodynamic is considered a holistic style of farming, using no chemicals but rather nature‘s natural resources to bring to life the finest quality of fruit. Following the lunar cycles also helps to bring out the most flavourful wine from planting to harvest to cellar.
The egg project:
It‘s more than 10 years since we have developed these containers and created a new form to age our wines. It stands for puristic vinification and completely unaffected aging. The material concrete, which the Romans referred to already as «liquid rock» has many positive properties. Through the great number of extremely fine air pores of the concrete the wine can breathe exactly that amount of oxygen it needs for its maturation. The oval egg shape with the proportions of the golden ratio facilitates, in this case, unobstructed circulating in absolute freedom. For the limited number of 5o concrete eggs, we assign sponsorship and look for ambassadors that carry with us this idea out in the world.
The biodiversity project:
5% of the vines have been replaced. Trees, herbs, flowers, grases have been planted the past years. Now little bush-islands leaven the monoculture and create a multifaced biotop.
The «Graupert»- vineyard enjoys absolute freedom. The word stands in our dialect for „wild, uncombed“ and describes the growth of the vines. For twelve years we have renounced any pruning, the vines have found their balance by themselves, a system we have developed by watching the nature. In their natural aspiration the vines shape a main branch. Once this is trimmed back, the vine directs its energy into the development of a new one. If the vine lives in harmony, its strength will go into the fruit: the consequence is many very small berries with thick skins, less juice but more extract.
Somló the vulcan in Hungary:
It was love at first sight. Some years ago we discovered this unique hill on the way to lake Balaton. Its imposing lava pillows, the vulcanic soils, the terrasses, the big history of this small winegrowing place and of course its unique grapes Harslevelü and Juhfark, indigenous to Somló.
Vineyard 26 hectares (64 acres)
Wine Region Carnuntum Years of tradition characterize the wine growing area of Carnuntum. After the Celts, this region experienced a glorious epoch under the Romans. The Heidentor, the symbol of our wine growing region in Carnuntum, is just one of the awesome excavations you can visit in the Carnuntum Archaeology Park. l Pannonian Climate Characterized by dry summers and warm autumns, it allows us to cultivate excellent white and red wines from very ripe grapes. l Arbesthaler Hügelland Extensive sunshine with enough rainfall, prevents from the cold wind from north - west (river Danube) l Pannonian Lowland In the Southeast, blows warm and dry wind. The chain of hills is sickle-shaped and warmed up by the sun from the early morning until the late evening. l Danube River brings cooler temperatures during the nights, which lead to intensive fruit and aromatic wines l Soil Ranges from very nutritious loess to poor and dry gravel – these differences are taken into consideration during planting. Accordingly our spicy and fruity white wines grow on the poor gravel and our powerful and rich reds on the nutritious soils. l Sustained Cultivation Our philosophy is to work in unison with nature and the weather; we are obliged to preserve the health and the reserves of our soil for the future generations.
Wine Enthusiast: 94 points Merlot Bärnreiser 2012. 92 points Anna-Christina 2013, Rubin Carnuntum 2014 & Zweigelt classic 2013. Falstaff: „Best red wine 2015“ Privat 2012: 95 points. Anna-Christina 2013: 94 points. Gault Millaut: Privat 2012: 18 Punkte. Anna-Christina 2013: 17,5 Punkte. Cabernet Sauvignon Aubühel 2013: 17,5 Punkte. Weißburgunder Bärnreiser 2014: 17 Punkte. A la Carte: Zweigelt-winner with Rubin Carnuntum 2014. 95 points Privat 2012
The wine-growing area, Donauland (Danube) was renamed in 2007 to "Wagram". In this area, 6000 acres of vineyards spread over two very different areas: North of the Danube stretches east, then to the Kamptal the actual Wagram, a powerful ground level, about 30 km to the east. South of the Danube, are the small wine villages of the Tulln field, but also the historic wine town of Klosterneuburg on the outskirts of Vienna.
The whole Bauer family is involved in the operation of the Josef Bauer winery, slightly northeast of Vienna, Austria. Joe, the winemaker, is one of the most talented and accomplished enologists in Austria, making great wines.