Project Description

The Franz Hirtzberger Story

Franz Junior, his wife and children, are well-established in the family home, while his parents, Franz and Irmgard, have moved to their new house, near the Axpoint vineyard. The older generation, though, is still fully engaged. Together they preside over a small 12 hectare estate in the South Western end of the Wachau. This is one of the most famous estates of Austria. The vineyards are set on spectacularly steep and narrow terraces above the Danube, and the cultivation of the vines is extremely labour-intensive. Each vine in Singerriedel is individually tended and inspected around one hundred times in the season, and this attention to detail translates into wines of world-class quality which are absolutely true to their terroir. 

Franz Hirtzberger Wines

Harvests here can be very late – into early December in some years – and a proportion of botrytis affected fruit (noble rot) is usually included in the wine. Riesling Singerriedel is the estate’s flagship wine, perhaps the finest Riesling in Austria. Splendid wines in all the last few vintages, though some tiny quantities in the Smaragd wines will put us under pressure to offer continuity.


Code Description Year
HIGRT19B Rotes Tor, Grüner Veltliner Federspiel 2019
HIGRT18B Rotes Tor, Grüner Veltliner Federspiel 2018
HIGRT17B Rotes Tor, Grüner Veltliner Federspiel 2017
HIGKI18B Kirchweg, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2018
HIGKI17B Kirchweg, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2017
HIGSR20B Rotes Tor, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2020
HIGSR19B Rotes Tor, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2019
HIGSR18B Rotes Tor, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2018
HIGSR17B Rotes Tor, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2017
HIGHO19B Honivogl, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2019
HIGHO18B Honivogl, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2018
HIRST19B Steinterrassen, Riesling Federspiel 2019
HIRSE19B Setzberg, Riesling Smaragd 2019
HIRSE17B Setzberg, Riesling Smaragd 2017
HIRHO19B Hochrain, Riesling Smaragd 2019
HIRSI20B Singerriedel, Riesling Smaragd 2020
HIRSI19H Singerriedel, Riesling Smaragd Half 2019
HIRSI19B Singerriedel, Riesling Smaragd 2019
HIRSI18B Singerriedel, Riesling Smaragd 2018

Large format bottles

Code Description Year
HIGHO19M Honivogl, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Magnum 2019
HIRHO19M Hochrain, Riesling Smaragd Magnum 2019
HIRSI19M Singerriedel, Riesling Smaragd Magnum 2019
HIRSI18M Singerriedel, Riesling Smaragd Magnum 2018
HIGHO19D Honivogl, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd (3l) 2019
HIGHO17D Honivogl, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd (3l) 2017
HIRSI19D Singerriedel, Riesling Smaragd (3l) 2019
HIRSI18D Singerriedel, Riesling Smaragd (3l) 2018
HIRSI17D Singerriedel, Riesling Smaragd (3l) 2017