Hi Riesling Friends,
Again, long time no see!
Work is getting even crazier and I’m picking up WSET Diploma again…
So, lot’s to do and not so much time to do it…
Some time ago I went on a wine trip with Etrepot Du Vin. Great guy’s with a keen eye for wine and nice to work with.
We travelled to Austria and did quite the trip all over.
One of the visits we did I want to talk about today!
This is RIESsearchING at Weingut Waltner:
Weingut Waltner lies in the Wagram region in Austria. And now Gerald took over the company with hi’s wife from his father. His father was more into growing grapes, but to sell. Gerald took matters into own hands and he makes the wine now from his own grapes.
He has a young and fresh take on things. He himself is like his wines he explains. Young, fresh and liberty of thoughts.
He showed us around in his cellar, which is not big, but big enough for his small production.
Most of his production is white wine also most Grüner Veltliner, he too has some Riesling and he has some Zweigelt to make red wines.
After the cellar tour we got to his tasting room and we had lunch.
Of course we had Wiener schnitzel! Only in Austria they deep fry them more than pan frying and it’s so discustingly good! If you re in Austria you need to go eat schnitzel for sure!
As well, some salad on the side and kartoffelsalat!
In between we already tasted he’s entry level Grüvaner. As you may expect it’s a blend of Grüner Veltliner and Rivaner. Fresh, fruity, simple to enjoy on a summer day!
Then we started the real work we tasted all his 3 different Grüner Veltliner.
All 3 totally different because they all come from a different soil.
His Weisburgunder and Chardonnay are also very great with a fantastic hint to the soil type!
The red wines are both made of Zweigelt.
Ace is made pure on the fruit aroma’s, more black fruits, with a high acidity and medium tannins. While the other one is made to be more powerful a hint stronger tannin and aged in oak. But still with a lot of fruitiness.
After the tasting, we accompanied him to the vineyards (his dog really loved it).
And he showed us what would go for the lesser and better wines.
We were there in August and you could pick up the grapes still needed some time, the pips were still green and bitter.
But there was great potential for this year. If the new year gets here I should actually go and compare.
I already worked with the Waltner Halterberg Zweigelt (the most fruity one) before I went there and it only made me happier working with his wines.
His energy and everything is so awesome!
Thus, I have to say thanks to Entrepot Du Vin for taking me, thanks to the Wonderful group of people who I was with and off course thanks to Gerald Waltner and his family to welcome us like this!
If you want to find out more about the Waltner wines don’t hesitate to get hold of me, Entrepot Du Vin or visit:
Enjoy your glass of wine, thank you for reading and I see you the next RIESsearchING!