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Het Portugese wijnenhuis JULIA KEMPER uit Dão geeft de distributie voor België aan Leirovins. De wijnen zijn beschikbaar vanaf eind oktober 2017

Categorie: Algemeen, Actueel
Tags: Cava, Fred Loimer, Harvest Update, WIJNKANAAL Bruno Vanspauwen, DE STANDAARD DSM MAGAZINE, New Records for Austrian Wine Export Sales, Natuurlijke wijnen & Bio, Austrian Wine Year 2012, Master Of Wine, GERNOT HEINRICH, Maria Casanovas, Leirovins, Wijn, Beaujolais 2009
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Fred Loimer zu 100% biodynamisch

Biodynamik ist kein Marketing-Gag für Fred Loimer, sondern Lebenshaltung und -aufgabe. Innerhalb eines Jahrzehntes hat der Langenloiser Winzer seinen Betrieb nach und nach auf biologisch-dynamischen Landbau umgestellt. Anfangs wurde er belächelt. Heute zählt Loimer zu den erfahrensten Biodynamikern des Landes und zu den wichtigsten Vertretern einer Entwicklung, die aus der Geschichte des internationalen Weinbaus nicht mehr wegzudenken ist. Loimer war auch eines der ersten Mitglieder der „Respekt“-Gruppe. 

Während die Weine aus den Einzellagen schon seit einigen Jahren voll biodynamisch produziert wurden, waren der Grüne Veltliner Langenlois und der Riesling Langenlois bisher noch "in Umstellung". Mit dem Jahrgang 2014, der nun in den Verkauf kommt, haben auch diese beiden Weine der Weingutsserie die Umstellung abgeschlossen. Somit entsprechen nun sämtliche Weine der Weingutsserie den strengen Vorgaben der Zertifizierung von Respekt.

"Für mich haben die biodynamischen Weine noch mehr Terroirausdruck und eine spannende Salzigkeit. Allerdings ist das Wichtigste für mich, dass wir auch nach vielen Jahrzehnten des Weinbaus unseren Kindern gesunde und vitale Böden hinterlassen können, mit Rebstöcken, die bis ins hohe Alter widerstandsfähig sind. Noch nie hat mir der Weinbau mehr Freude bereitet als jetzt“, freut sich Fred Loimer über die nunmehr vollständige Biodynamik in seinem großen Betrieb.

Categorie: Algemeen, Actueel
Tags: Fred Loimer
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Harvest Update Austria 2013

Premium Estates of Austria

Premium Estates of Austria


Dear Peter!

Harvest is now in full swing here in Austria and we are all very positive as far as the quality of the grapes is concerned. However, due to enormous change from heat and cold during the flowering process, there were considerable fertilization problems - coulure - especially with the flagship variety, Grüner Veltliner.

At the beginning of September, the botrytis pressure rose. Therefore, some preselection of the grapes was necessary. Due to rather cool temperatures, though, the rise in fungi spread has been reduced and weather forecasts are now looking good - we are hoping for a harvest that will finish with a regular and satisfactory crop.

Here are some exciting news from our growers:



Premium Estates Grand Tour 2013




For the very first time, Premium Estates of Austria invited 20 clients from 10 different nations to deepen their knowledge on our estates, our vineyards, wines and families.

They spent 4 beautiful days together and were able to fully grasp the sense of place of our estates as well as the craftsmanship behind our wines & spirits. All of them seemed to be highly impressed by the work we do. Oscar Malek, head sommelier of Relais & Châteaux hotel Chewton Glen in the UK, was one of our guests. After the Grand Tour, he created quite possibly the most extensive selection of Premium Estates wines in the world with over 70 positions from our producers on his list! Proof to us that he seemed to enjoy the quality and diversity we can provide!




Alois Goelles




Alois and his team are working in a three-shift operation as they are facing a record crop this year. Great amounts of apples, plums and other wonderful fruit have been picked every day and process to what will become a fine brandy or an exquisite vinegar. The weather forecast has been stable although it a little chill came through recently, but that is not a big problem, actually quite the opposite, retaining the fine aroma of the fruit.

Looking at this picture the taste of a good glass of Maschansker might appear in your head.




Gernot Heinrich



Gernot and Heike have good reasons to be optimistic as far as the harvest is concerned. The Zweigelt and Blaufränkisch grapes at the Leithaberg vineyards are looking promising and show already their potential in bringing real good qualities again. Atypical for this year is a combination of low pHs with full ripeness levels - this should result in wines with lots of freshness and texture. Most of the Leithaberg grapes still have time to get a little bit more sunshine. On the other side of the lake Neusiedl, close-by the winery where the Pannonian sun shines brighter and the soils are a touch richer, harvest has been in full swing for a while now. Most of the grapes from the Gols side are already in the cellar.




Fred Loimer




Aside from harvesting in Gumpoldskirchen and Langenlois, Fred is always one of the leaders in converting ideas and making them happen. Here is one of his latest:

Restaurant „Kadeau" comes to Langenlois - Denmark goes Austria

„Kadeau" is one of the hippest restaurants within Europe. Awarded with one Michelin star, chef Nicolai Norregaard and Rasmus Kofoed served 7 outstanding and unique courses which were paired with Loimer specialities as well as rare, international counterparts selected by Fred and Andreas Wickhoff MW. All in all, an unforgettable evening for the guests at the beginning of September in Langenlois .




Also, the creative team has been very active at the Loimer estate. Chardonnay/Pinot Gris/Pinot Blanc finally has a new name. May we present "Am Manhartsberg" to you! From vintage 2012 onwards, the Burgundy-driven blend will be sold under this synonym.




Willi Sattler




After several years of biological-organic cultivation in the Pfarrweingarten monopole site, Willi Sattler decided to move over to biologic-dynamic farming for all of his vineyards. In the process of being certified by Lacon, the vintage 2013 will be the first official one in conversion.

Maria and Willi Sattler, known to be really open-minded and let their sons and daughter gradually take over, installed a true generation statement in their vineyards. They built up 4 chapels in their best vineyards - one for each child. This is not only a wonderful story as well as "art in nature" but also something that will last for centuries.




Fritz Wieninger




Fritz is always on the run. After a successful trip to the US in late August, he has since been working hard in the vineyards, preparing everything for the harvest but was also welcoming a lot of guests at his new winery, sharing glasses of wine from his Nussberg and Bisamberg vineyards with them.

For all friends of Fritz' Chardonnays - here are some good news: The new vintages of Chardonnay Select (2012) and Chardonnay Grand Select (2011) are available as of now.







The latest issues of the Wine Enthusiast brought some outstanding ratings for our estates:

Gernot Heinrich:


Leithaberg DAC Blaufränkisch 2010

92 pts

Pannobile 2010

92 pts

Blaufränkisch 2011

89 pts

Fred Loimer:


Lenz Riesling 2011

91 pts

Kamptal DAC Grüner Veltliner 2011

90 pts

Schellmann by Fred Loimer:


In Gumpoldskirchen 2011

92 pts



Sernauberg Erste Lage Sauvignon Blanc 2011

92 pts

Kranachberg Grosse Lage Sauvignon Blanc 2010

91 pts

Fritz Wieninger:


Nussberg Alte Reben Wiener Gemischter Satz 2012

93 pts

Wiener Gemischter Satz 2012

91 pts




We are very happy to announce the winner of our last newsletter contest.

For how many years is the Schnapps stored in wooden barrels before it becomes an "old" eg. apple or plum?
a) 2 years
b) 5 years
c) 7 years

The correct answer is 7 years.

The winner of one overnight for 2 persons in the Genusshotel Riegersburg is Mr. Jan Spener (Meadows s.r.o.) from Slovakia! Congratulations!!! We will get in touch with you shortly.

Don't forget that several reserve wines from our producers have just been released! Please contact us regarding availability and exact release dates!

Have a wonderful autumn (or spring if you are in Down Under or surroundings)!


The Premium Estates - Team



Premium Estates of Austria

Categorie: Algemeen, Actueel
Tags: Harvest Update
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The Austrian Wine Year 2012 - a Beautiful Vintage

The Austrian Wine Year 2012 - a Beautiful Vintage

Dear Mr. Leirens,

The 2012 vintage is bringing lovers of Austrian wine exciting, fruity and full-bodied wines. Beautiful weather conditions nurtured healthy and ripe grapes, even though the dry Summer heat created the need for plenty of attention later on in the cellar in order to ensure clean fermentation as well as fresh, pure aromatics and flavours. Also, the moderate acidity is requiring a certain sensitivity in the cellar in order to successfully bring out the spiciness together with the ripe fruit. Not only are the young wines triumphing with bigger fruitiness, but also many of the wines are showing excellent ageing potential.

Lower Quantity

a picture shows the harvest of 2012, Copyright Austrian Wine Marketing Board/ committee Kamptal

harvest, © AWMB/ committee Kamptal

Statistik Austria (Statistics Austria) estimates that the current harvest has yielded a total of 2.1 million hectoliters, which is around 400,000 hl lower than the five-year average. This can be attributed for the most part to the late frost in May, which created significant losses in Niederösterreich.

Niederösterreich (Lower Austria)

The late frost that occurred during the night of May 18th set a negative tone to the beginning of the season in Niederösterreich, especially in the Pulkautal (Pulkau Valley) in the Weinviertel, where more than 6000 young vines were affected. However, the Summer was dominated by dryness and moderate heat, which had a positive impact on the vegetation. The concerns of strongly reduced acidity could not yet be confirmed.
The weather for the harvest was similar to the constantly beautiful conditions of 2011, allowing the actual harvest dates to be set according to the degree of ripeness without fear of any approaching bad weather fronts.
Very healthy and loose grapes were picked wherever hail did not create any problems. Still, when it came to pressing in the cellars, the grapes gave sparing amounts of juice. Focused acidity management, also due to the allowing of the possibility of acidification this year, ensured good and clean fermentation. Thanks to the experience of the wine makers, there were fewer potential problems with fermentation. Difficulties could have occurred due to a lower nutrition content of the grapes caused by the dry Summer.
The only real downside was the low harvest in Niederösterreich, which totaled 1.1 million hl instead of the usual 1.6 million hl


The Burgenland clearly held the top spot when it came to the weather and the harvest. A Spring with good humidity followed the mild Winter. The sporadic occurrences of frost were quite bearable, as was the moderate dose of hail.  Early flowering led to an early harvest that began in the first half of August.
The result: a quantity that correlates with a good, regular vintage; in any case, the 750, 000 hl total is more than that of last year's harvest. The beautiful weather during the harvest allowed for a good working speed without any time pressure via threatening weather fronts or grape rot. The optimal health of the grapes made great quality possible, with the white wines turning out fruity, full-bodied and very clean and the red wines presenting themselves as deep, dark and yielding remarkable power. 
On both sides of the Neusiedler See (Lake Neusiedl), very good quantities of high quality Spätlese and Auslese grapes were harvested. The grapes for higher Prädikat levels - botrytised and ice wines - are still largely dependent on conditions yet to come in the vineyards. The next few weeks certainly will determine the 2012 sweet wine vintage.

Steiermark (Styria)

This year left a significant mark on Austria's most southern state. The late frost on Easter Monday led to a significantly smaller-than-usual-harvest of Muskateller.  The frost that occurred on May 17th -18th left only little damage. A more significant impact was made by dry weather conditions. July brought very different conditions regionally - from very dry to 300 ml rainfall. In Weststeiermark there were many thunderstorms, whereas in Südsteiermark, no thunderstorms of any kind were registered. 

The harvest began on August 20th, and from September 10th on, grape picking became more intensive: from this, it can be shown that wines with a high level of sugar will not be too high in alcohol and will maintain a good level of fruitiness. It was shown that the grapes remained very loose and the rain at the end of harvest did not leave any traces on the grapes. While this has meant that the quality of the wine will be very good, the harvest itself can be called average with a total of 195.000 hl.
The Styrian vintage 2012 can be characterised by beautiful spiciness and full body, with Sauvignon Blanc having ripe aromas and flavours, Muskateller as very aromatic and dense, and Weissburgunder having a captivating, strong and nutty character. Also the Steirischer Junker (the first young wine) can be expected to have plenty of fruitiness.

Wien (Vienna)

The weather conditions were considerate in the Vienna wine growing area. Only in Stammersdorf was there some damage - around 10 ha - because of the major frost night of May 17th - 18th. Other than that, there was no hail and the climate conditions remained favourable right up to the harvest. April brought enough warmth and even a rainy July could not harm the vines. This enabled a high quality vintage - one which the Viennese winemakers began earlier than usual in order to make wines that are fruity, full-bodied and with a moderate level of alcohol. Nevertheless, also in Vienna the quantity  remained below average, with a total of only around 22,000 hl.

"This year‘s wines are outstanding with their aroma and density," says Willi Klinger, general manager of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board. "The quantity losses affected mainly the Grüner Veltliner.  I hope very much that next year's harvest - 2013 - will be a normal one so that Austrian winemakers can develop their market share further and at interesting price levels."


Harvest Report 2012_November figures

Categorie: Algemeen, Actueel
Tags: Austrian Wine Year 2012
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