Discover Germany, Issue 39, June 2016

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Premium Estates of Austria Organic – dynamic – familiar in rhythm with nature The character, quality and scale of Premium Estates of Austria’s portfolio is unmatched. Their brands are among the finest and most recognised among Austrian wine. TEXT: ELISABETH DOEHNE

Premium Estates of Austria has been in the business of curating wine since 2004. The company acts as an interface between the producers and the trade without influencing the production and manufacture. The quality of their featured Austrian wineries is unique; each wine is true to its terroir. “All of these talented brands are highly regarded as pioneers and ideal representatives of the Austrian beverage and delicacy culture,”explains Stefanie Lobner, the director of Premium Estates of Austria. Winery profiles Alois Gölles cultivates his orchards on the sunny countryside hills around Austria’s Riegersburg Castle in Southeastern Styria. For four generations, his family business has been associated with high-quality brandies and, increasingly, handcrafted vinegar. Gernot Heinrich’s wine estate, located in Gols, Neusiedlersee in the beautiful

Burgenland, embodies a distinct tradition, purity and innovation that mark his wines; he grows both red grapes (Zweigelt, Blaufraenkisch and St. Laurent) and white grapes (Chardonnay, Weissburgunder, Neuburger as well as a bit of Welschriesling). He converted to biodynamic viticulture in 2006. Fred Loimer, relentless “quality specialist”, visionary and aficionado, manages a total of 70 hectares of vineyards – all certified by respect-BIODYN – on some of the best sites around Langenlois (Spiegel, Steinmassl, Seeberg, Loiserberg, Dechant). Year after year, he impresses with his benchmark Grüner Veltliners and Riesling, but also his sparkling wines, the orange wines and the Pinot Noirs.

Main Image: Alois Gölles, Willi Sattler, Fritz Wieninger, Gernot Heinrich, Stefanie Lobner, Fred Loimer (left to right). ©Anna Stöcherr Top left: Heinrich, vineyard. ©Heinrich Below left: Heinricht GmbH, Salzberg. © Klaus Gaggl Bottom right: Heinrich, biodynamic soil. © Roland Unger

Sauvignon Blanc, but also Morillon, the region’s equivalent to Chardonnay. Organic viticulture, meticulous handwork in the vineyard, and selective handpicking make up the excellent Sattlerhof aroma. Fritz Wieninger’s nearly 100-year-old winery, located in Stammersdorf, Vienna, has been producing high-quality wines for almost a century. The grapes are cultivated on the Bisamberg and Vienna’s famous vineyard site, the Nussberg and produced according to biodynamic principles. “As a forerunner of high-quality wines from Vienna, it means a lot to me to create wines that the Viennese can be proud of,” Fritz Wieninger says. His Gemischter Satz is served from New York to Tokyo.

Willi Sattler, the Styrian pioneer, cultivates wine on three of the best vineyards on the steep hills of south Styria. His aromatic and complex wines include an excellent Issue 39 | June 2016 | 27