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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: Actueel, Algemeen
Tags: Harvest Update
05 - 06



Nieuw : Gernot Heinrich Dorflagen Pinot Noir 2012




Gernot, our terroir purist, is always focusing on how to show sense of place at its best. The Leithaberg vineyards give him the perfect possibility to create wines the way he wants them to be. Don't miss to taste the white wine selection, some astonishing juice from these easterly faced vineyards on Neusiedlersee's western shore has been made.



Additionally, there are also some exciting red wine news: our Dorflagen Pinot Noir 2012 will be launched by May 21st.

The vines for this affordable Pinot are 10 to 15 years old, and grow in our vineyards in Gols; these are managed according to bio-dynamic principles. A part is from the gravelly Goldberg site, which lies on the meager Parndorfer Platte. The other part is from the slope of the Salzberg, a southwesterly facing vineyard site with sand and loam soils, and just a stone's throw away from our winery. Through these vineyards, the wine reflects an origin and character that are completely different from those of our Pinot Noir from the Leithaberg.


Categorie: Actueel
12 - 04


WIJNKANAAL door Bruno Vanspauwen

Unieke wijnglazen ZALTO verkrijgbaar bij wijninvoerder Leirovins

Het wijnglazenbedrijf Zalto, gevestigd in Oostenrijk, is minder bekend en minder groot dan Riedel en Schott Zwiesel, maar onder wijnprofessionals is dit merk zeer gegeerd. Zalto slaagt erin functionaliteit en estetiek te combineren. Geur en smaak van een wijn komen er optimaal tot hun recht.
Zalto streeft naar technische perfectie en gebruikt nog altijd traditionele glasblazers. De glazen zijn dan ook ultrafijn en vederlicht. Toch mogen ze gewassen worden in een vaatwasautomaat.
In de streek waar Zalto is gevestigd, is de traditie van het glasblazen diepgeworteld. Het gaat terug tot de 14de eeuw. De curven en hoeken van Zalto glazen zijn in overeenstemming met die van de aarde. Daarnaast werd de ontwikkeling ervan beïnvloed door de kennis van Hans Denk, een priester die verschillende decennia wijdde aan de studie en het proeven van wijnen. Hij werd een van de meest gerenommeerde wijnexperten van Oostenrijk.
Ook Belgische wijnliefhebbers kunnen nu van Zalto glazen genieten, omdat wijninvoerder Leirovins erin slaagde om de verkooplicentie voor ons land te bekomen.

Gegevens :
Oude Heerbaan 9

Categorie: Actueel
Tags: WIJNKANAAL Bruno Vanspauwen
28 - 03

Another New Record for Austrian Wine Export Sales

Another New Record for Wine Export Sales

Dear Mr. Leirens,

The preliminary export figures released by Statistik Austria for March 2013 show that sales revenues for Austria's domestic wine sector reached yet another historic record in 2012. According to the figures, the total volume of exports reached 47.4 million liters with a total value of € 132.2 million, each reflecting an increase of approximately 5% over last year's totals. This is highly impressive, especially because expectations for the wine exports had been dampened because of the small 2012 grape harvest and the resulting higher domestic demand.

Export, © AWMB

The reason for the continuous rise in export revenue and the record sales is the upswing in bottled wine exports and the simultaneous, significant drop in barrel (bulk) wine figures. In 2002, the amount of barrel wine exported (55 million liters) was nearly three times higher than that of bottled wine (19.5 million liters). In 2012, however, the quantity of bottled wines exported was five times higher than that of barrel wines (40 million liters of bottled wines; 7.3 million liters of barrel wines). This reflects the massive shift in market share of the single price categories both abroad and at home - the moving away from cheap products to the price-quality segments between € 3 and € 6.

"In 2012, Austrian winemakers significantly increased their quotas also in the most important export market, Germany," said Willi Klinger, general manager of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board. "In addition to strong increases in the main export markets of Germany, Switzerland, the USA and the Netherlands, ongoing export initiatives are bearing fruit in difficult markets like China and Japan as well."

Press information
Susanne Staggl


Categorie: Actueel
Tags: New Records for Austrian Wine Export Sales
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