The Gruner Veltliner grapes for this wine mainly come from sites of the Wiener Bisamberg with a smaller portion coming from sites of the Nussberg. After being harvested meticulously by hand the grapes from the different parcels underwent a short maceration period and were then carefully pressed. The pre-clarified must was fermented at cool temperatures in steel tanks, then matured to accentuate the racy, fruity character as best as possible. After ageing on the lees for a moderate length of time, the individual parts were blended together and bottled.
Pairs well with light summer dishes, salads, fish and other seafood.
Though Vienna is known for patisseries, opera, music and glistening pedestrian shopping plazas, the city also maintains a viticultural focus. The Wieninger winery was founded as part of that traditional Viennese heurigen (winebar) system established in the 18th century. Born in 1966 to this wine growing family, Fritz Wieninger represents the fourth generation in the current house. Before his birth it was his mother that was the family winemaker, as she was one of the first female graduates of the Oenology program at Klosterneuberg (Europe’s oldest wine making school). Emerging from his own training in the wake of the Austrian Wine Scandal of 1985, Fritz spent a year working vineyards in California. It was during this time that he was convinced that the future for Austria lay in making wines of great quality and distinction, and it was also his inspiration for making top quality wines at his own home from the classic Burgundian varieties Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Once returned from his travels, Fritz took firm control of the family winery and the arc of success was swift and steep over the next few years – his first exports in 1989, Falstaff’s “Winzer der Jahr” (Winemaker of the Year) in 1990, and first exports to the USA in 1995.