OWNER Hans Czerny (0676.9354094) and his family, his wife Astrid, daughter Theresa (1998), son Matthias (2000), and son Johannes (2003). Hans Czerny started making wine here in 1987 and in 1993 took over from Anneliese and Johann Wimmer.
VINEYARDS 15 hectares (38 acres) in Fels, Gösing and Feuersbrunn in the Wagram sub-region of Lower Austria (Niederösterreich). The main variety at 60% is Grüner Veltliner (including from from Ried Weelfel and Mitterweg), then Riesling, Roter Veltliner (the century-old speciality of our region) and Zweigelt. The remaining 15% is Weißburgunder or Pinot Blanc (from Ried Scheiben), Traminer (from Ried Mitterweg), Sauvignon Blanc. Also Malvasier (Früher Veltliner) from Ried Floss, Blauburgunder (Pinot Noir).
TERROIR South facing overlooking to the Danube valley from 220-370 metres (720-1,200 feet), the river lying at 180 metres (590 feet). Big day-night temperature variation. Loess soils, 20 metres (65 feet) deep.
SINGLE VINEYARDS Weelfel, Fumberg, Scheiben, Hammer.
ORGANICS Began working with cover crops in the 1980s as loess is rich in minerals but not so good at holding nitrogen or organic matter.
POLYCULTURE 12 hectares (30 acres) of non-vineyard land. Heritage livestock breeds (chickens, pigs).
CERTIFICATION 2006 First vintage with full Demeter Biodynamic certification. | 2017 Still certified biodynamic by Demeter.
WINEMAKING Hand picked grapes. Gravity. Native yeasts. Long lees ageing. Little filtering.
PUR SPARKLING Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Sant Laurent. 11% alcohol. 12-15 grammes per litre residual sugar. Easy, uncomplicated, well made (Demeter Austria tasting, 2018).
PUR HEFEABTISCH 2016 Mainly Gruner Veltliner. MLF. Lovely saline yellow fruit (Demeter Austria tasting, 2018).
GRÜNER VELTLINER, HEFEABSTISCH 2017 6 months on fine lees. MLF. Bottled at 6 months. Light filtration. Lovely salty flavours (Demeter Austria tasting, 2018).
GRÜNER VELTLINER, FUMBERG Hill site, loess soils. 2016 Salty yellow fruit, ripe but not heavy (Demeter Austria tasting, 2018).
GRÜNER VELTLINER, WEELFEL On marine sediments comprising sand, silicates and gravel, with two distinct areas which may or may not be picked together, dependding on the vintage. Dry site = not affected by downy mildew (peronospera). 2016 Well textured (Demeter Austria tasting, 2018).
GRÜNER VELTLINER, FELSER BERG
RIESLING, WEELFEL Planted in 1990. 2015 Dry vintage. Ripe but crisp (Demeter Austria tasting, 2018).
RIESLING, GÖSINGER FREIHEIT
TRAMINER, TRIO From Traminer, yellow Traminer and Gewürztraminer.
WEISSBURGUNDER, SCHEIBEN Loess soils. Vines planted 1960s. 2016 Classic Pinot Blanc, fleshy, creamy, nicely narrow (Demeter Austria tasting, 2018).
ROTER VELTLINER ALTE REBEN Old vines.
ZWEIGELT, RIED HAMMER
WINE PRODUCTION 80,000 bottles a year, 90% white wine.
Weingut Wimmer-Czerny, Obere Marktstrasse 37, A-3481 Fels am Wagram, Austria / Tel+43 (0)2738.2248 Email weingut[at] wimmer-czerny.at / www.wimmer-czerny.at