Wieninger Rosengartl Alte Reben
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|Wine maker notes
|Rosengartl is located within the Nußberg and historically the most prestigious vineyard in the Vienna region. The wines were amongst the most sought-after in the days of the Habsburg Empire and today are in high demand because of their complex characteristics and distinctive expression of terroir. A classic yet powerful Wiener Gemischter from vines planted in 1960.
The Wiener Gemischte Satz consists of 5 grape varieties: Gruner Veltliner (nearly 50 %), Weißburgunder, Neuburger, Traminer and Riesling, all of which had been picked by hand and, following a meticulous selection that removed any botrytis grapes, were processed together. The 4-hour maceration was followed by a gentle pressing with a pneumatic wine press. Fermentation took place in cool steel tanks. After a few months of maturing on the fine lees, the wine was bottled.
|Pair with asparagus quiche, Tuscan white bean soup, or Wiener schnitzel.
|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.