Weingut Wieninger | Biodynamic estate in Vienna (‘Wien’), the capital city of Austria run by Fritz Wieninger (Jnr). Like his mother Barbara, he studied at the Klosterneuberg wine school, and worked in California and Canada. His father (also called Fritz) came from ‘a long line of vineyard owners in the Wienviertel region. The estate is also a Heuriger.

Fritz Wieninger | Born 1966 in Vienna. 1980-85 Studies HLBA Viticulture and Pomology, Klosterneuberg. 1986-87 Assistant winemaker in St Helena winery, St Helena (Napa) California. In 1987 he took over the family winery. 1990 Voted Winemaker of the Year. 1991 first export to Japan. 1995 first export to USA. 2002 Founding of tu felix austria. 2006 Founding of WienWein [‘Vienna Wine’). 2007 Founding member of Premium Estates 0f Austria. 2008 Joins Respekt (see below). 2009 Chairman of the Wiener Gemischter Satz association. Married to Lissi. Children are Sophie (2002), Katharina (2004) and Maximilian Fritz (2005).

Biodynamics | Conversion since 2008.

White wines

Chardonnay Classic2013 The grapes for the Chardonnay Classic 2013 are almost solely from Vienna’s Bisamberg vineyards, though some come from a small single vineyard on the Nussberg. All of the vineyards are between 15 and 30 years old.

Chardonnay SelectMLF and new oak BF.

Chardonnay Grand SelectLess new oak and less MLF than the ‘Chardonnay Select’. | 2011 The grapes for the Chardonnay Grand Select 2011 came solely from the sites on the Wiener Bisamberg, specifically from the two oldest and best Chardonnay vineyards of our winery–Ried Breiten and Ried Kritschen. Both vineyards are approximately 40 years old and deliver only small yields. The soils consist of light, sandy loess over massive limestone. In the middle of October, the grapes were carefully picked by hand, with any botrytized grapes meticulously removed. The healthy grapes were gently destemmed and, after approximately 4 hours of soaking on the skins, were pressed very carefully with a pneumatic press. For the fermentation, the juice spent a short time in stainless steel tanks and was then transferred into 60%-new and 40%-used barriques. Barrels made solely of the best quality French oak were employed; the wood was not sawed, but split. Following the fermentation came malolactic fermentation to soften the acidity. The wine was stirred every 2 to 3 weeks to keep the yeast consistently and thoroughly in contact with the wine. After a total of 28 months, the wine was taken from the barrels and blended together. Then, after another 6 weeks, it was bottled without filtration. | 2014 Creamy but Burgundian (oak, MLF) so fat at end, but good and fresh at Tenuta Manincor 24th June 2016.

Chardonnay, Tribute2011 Too fat for me dinner at the Seehof Keller 23 June 2016.

Riesling, Wiener | 2013 From Vienna’s Bisamberg vineyards – this is because of the hail damage that hit the Nussberg. Leaving it with extremely low grape quantities. 

Riesling, Nußberg | The grapes for the Riesling Nussberg are usually from the Preussen on the Nussberg, but because of the small yields and high ripeness, grapes from other vineyards on the Nussberg – the Obere Schoss and Purgstall – were also used. The soils are comprised of weathered shell limestone with a limestone bedrock; chunks of limestone can be found on the surface as well.

Pink wines

Rosé Viennois | 2013 The Rosé Viennois was vinified with Fiona Figlmüller. The grapes all come from the Bisamberg vineyards and were hand-picked. For this cuvée which consists of Zweigelt, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, only the finest initial grape juice is used to achieve the most elegant and delicate aromas which are so characteristic for this wine.

Rosé de Pinot | 2012 The 20 year old vines grow on the sandy, loamy soil of the single vinyard “Breiten” on the sites of Bisamberg. The Danube river creates not only a special microclimate, but also separates geological zones. Also, the “Wienerwald”, or Vienna Woods, is an extensive part of the city, and in fact is responsible for climatic differences between the southern, northern and western parts of Vienna. The climate of Bisamberg is influenced by the Danube as well. The southern slopes enjoy continuously mild temperatures and plenty of late autumn sun. Because of the single position of Bisamberg, the climate around is very dry and windy.

Red wines

Pinot Noir Grand Select2011 Nearly all of the grapes for the Pinot Noir Grand Select 2011 were grown in vineyards on Vienna’s Bisamberg and in one vineyard on the Nussberg – with only the best grapes used. T The constant wind and relatively low rainfall, plus the significant drainage capacity of the sandy soil, make the Wiener Bisamberg an outstanding red wine area. And the Nussberg can be quite impressive for Pinot as well. | 2013 Evolved new oak, sweet fruit, not my style but populist at Millésime Bio 2016. | 2013 Evolved colour. OK, but evolved, sweet oak, light fruit, OK if a bit fluid but I suppose good for a restaurant at Tenuta Manincor 24th June 2016.

Bibliography

Giles MacDonogh, Austria, New Wines from the Old World (Osterreichischer Agrarverlag, 1997), p16..