Tasting: Chai tea, orange and honey blossoms, bruised peach.
Grape: Graubergunder (Pinot Gris)
Region: Neusiedlersee, Austria
The Neusiedlersee DAC region comprises the political district of Neusiedl am See, with the exception of the municipalities Winden and Jois. It extends from the north side to the east bank of Lake Neusiedl and has a vineyard area of 16,474 acres of which about 4,500 are planted with Austria's most widespread red wine variety Zweigelt. With this, it is the most expansive area with wines of protected origin in Burgenland. The terroir is characterised by sandy, loamy soils with variable admixtures of gravel. There are also limestone-rich gravel soils, as well as limestone-poor pure gravel soils, ranging across the spectrum to salty and light, sandy soils.
The winegrowing region sits right in the heart of the Pannonian climate zone, characterised by hot, dry summers with moderate rainfall and cold winters with little snow. An important influence upon microclimate is exerted by Lake Neusiedl, the largest steppe lake in Central Europe. In summer, the large water surface heats up and then slowly releases the stored warmth into the surroundings at night. The slight nocturnal reduction in temperature promotes the development of cool fruit and maintains the necessary acidity that distinguishes the wines.
Vinification: Graupert from Meinklang is an orange wine made from Grauburgunder (Austrian for Pinot Gris). the name ‘Graupert’ is an old Austrian expression which refers to a ”scruffy person”. The vines look a bit like that growing wild without pruning and intervention of any kind. The result is an aromatic and complex wine, that goes from floral to herbal notes and stony fruits aromas like peach.
About the Winemaker: Our farm is supported by our extended family. The desire of all the children to stay on the farm was strong. Preferences have allowed everyone to find their field and our parents gave us the necessary framework and the freedom to be able to realize ourselves. When they realized that everyone was serious about staying at home, no risk was too great and no effort too difficult to lead the farm from a small farm to a larger dimension that several families can live on.
So everyone is now lucky enough to do exactly what he has always been urged to do: Werner, who spent his childhood more in the press house than on the playgrounds. Hannes, who was fascinated by tractors from an early age, and Lukas, who has always been drawn to animals and plants.