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Austria Trip October 2017 by Aris Spaidiotis

November 23rd, 2017 by isabelle

After a few months of training, it was time for my first trip. And there is not a better place to start than Austria. Before I knew it, I was at Vienna Airport waiting for my colleagues Bénédicte and John to arrive.

We jumped into a car and headed to our first destination, the town of Krems in Lower Austria.

DAY ONE – LOWER AUSTRIA

First stop Kremstal

Stadt Krems + Rainer Wess + Felsner

In the Stadt Krems cellar with Fritz Misbauer

After a brief walk in the steep vineyards surrounding the city we landed at the winery for a chat and tasting with Fritz Misbauer, the person who revived the fame of Stadt Krems. Pure and energetic wines. Perfect start of the day.

Tasting with Renate Felsner, Christina & Rainer Wess

Rainer Wess along with his daughter Christina have managed to produce wines of real class from both the Krems and Wachau areas.

Renate Felsner joined us that day as well with some lovely spicy Grüners and zesty Rieslings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schloss Gobelsburg – Kamptal

Schloss Gobeslburg

Moving to Kamptal for a visit at the famous Schloss Gobelsburg, a castle with history dated back at 1074 and run for many years from Cistercian monks. A modern era started on 1996, when Michael Moosbrugger took over the management both of the estate and the winery. Listening to him discussing about modern and traditional winemaking, is absolute fantastic.

 

 

 

 

DAY TWO – BURGENLAND

Weingut Moric

Roland Velich in the Lutzmannsburg vineyard on the day of picking

After a long drive we reached the village of Lutzmannsburg where Roland Velich runs his Moric estate. World class Blaufränkisch here, where elegance meets balance. Tasting from the barrels (and not only) was one of the highlights of the trip. Roland gave us a tour in his famous Lutzmannsburg vineyard where harvest was taking place that day. Excellent quality of grapes as you can see.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feiler Artinger

Kurt Feiler checking the progress of the botrytis.

Next stop, the famous town of Rust and Feiler-Artinger. Kurt kindly offered us a tour to his vineyards next to the lake Neusiedl where botrytis already had made its appearance (an important fungus giving the famous dessert wines of the town).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Georg Prieler

Pinot Blanc from 1998 to 2016!

Last stop of the day – Weingut Prieler. Top class Pinot Blanc and Blaufränkisch were poured in our glasses that evening. Thank you Georg for that lovely 1998 Pinot Blanc!!!

 

 

 

DAY THREE – BURGENLAND (CONTINUE)

Pittnauer

Brigitte & Gerhard Pittnauer

Last day in this lovely country and we are heading to the other side of the lake to meet Gerhard and his wife Brigitte. Biodynamic viticulture is strong in Austria, and one of the biggest supporters is Pittnauer. His selection comprises both conventional and natural wines, all made with excellent attention on details. His moto is ‘’I only make wines that I like to drink’’.

 

 

 

 

 

Umathum

Tasting Line-up at Umathum

Last visit before we headed to the airport was Josef Umathum. Humble and very kind personality, but then he starts explaining about clonal selection of grapes and the research he is doing on that and you understand why his wines taste so delicious. Everything in his winery is a combination of tradition and modernism.

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