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Discover Germany | Special Theme | Great Austrian Wine

The art of winemaking Since taking over from his parents, Franz Schneider’s Artisan Wines has risen to international success - thanks to his traditional approach and the never-ending introduction of exceptionally flavoured products. TEXT: SONJA IRANI | PHOTOS: ARTISAN WINES

It all began with an internship in South Africa that Scheider undertook during his enology studies at theVienna-based BOKU University. In South Africa, relatively small production sites are known as artisan or artisanal. So after graduating in 2009 as the first student to ever receive the then newlyestablished title Master in Quality Viticulture and Marketing, the name Artisan Wines seemed perfect to Schneider since his vineyards covered a small acreage, and much of the work was still done by hand. Today, artisanal production is the company’s commitment to the traditional handcrafted way of working while maintaining the greatest respect for nature. The result of their hard work is a distinguished wine variety. “The fruity wines from our Pure range are always 100 per cent vine variety pure, so we can present our customers with an unaltered wine type

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expression typical for that particular vintage,” explains the winemaker.“Our more powerful wines include the Halbturn range – a perfect blend of Austrian and international vines, well matured thanks to its long storage in oak wood barrels. Our top wine The Artisan is a pure Merlot, which is only produced during the best years.” It didn’t take long for Schneider’s special creations to gain recognition from further afield. “We are particularly proud of the fact that the specialist magazine Falstaff invited us to the red wine gala in December 2013,” he says. “We were also voted among the Top 100 red wine vineyards in Austria and The Artisan 2011 received 93 Falstaff points.” Still bursting with ideas, the artistic winemaker indicates that there is yet more to come in 2014:“Our customers can look forward to the extremely fine Sankt Laurent

from our Pure range, which will be bottled during spring. Another novelty will be the Sauvignon Blanc Reserve, which is 100 per cent fermented in oak wood barrels and stored on fine lees for a very long time. We are also planning a summer party with live music and cask tastings.” www.artisanwines.at

Artisan Franz Schneider

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Discover Germany | Issue 13 | April 2014  

Discover Germany promotes German, Swiss & Austrian Design, Tourism, Food, Culture and Business.

Discover Germany | Issue 13 | April 2014  

Discover Germany promotes German, Swiss & Austrian Design, Tourism, Food, Culture and Business.