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Weingut Hannes Reeh

Andau

Hannes Reeh is an unconventional winemaker in Andau, Burgenland. He embodies a leisurely lifestyle, yet consequently strives towards his goals. He undertakes the winemaking duties personally. The estate is a reflection of Hannes Reeh himself – an interesting mixture of family tradition, New World experience, regional authenticity, unbridled belief in the future and strong Burgenland roots. He works with uninhibited intuition, doing exactly what he loves most and he is successful it. Andau is the wine village on the far eastern edge of the Seewinkel sub-region of Neusiedlersee bordering Hungary. The vines thrive with 2,400 hours of sunshine, wure in one of the sunniest and driest parts of Austria. The soils are predominantly gravel and yield wines of exceptional power, depth and ripeness. The wines appear in three different ranges. The “Klassik” range comprises varietal wines that offer uncomplicated, everyday drinking pleasure. “Heideboden” is represented by three charming blends in white, red and sweet that highlight the best attributes of the Seewinkel. “Unplugged” are the specialities of Hannes Reeh that are produced without much adornment, but with plenty of feeling. “Unplugged” is Andau pure – no fining, enzymes and no cultivated yeasts are used.

Weingut Stefan Zehetbauer

Schützen am Gebirge

The winery is managed by Stefan Zehetbauer in the tenth generation. It is located in Schützen am Gebirge, in the middle of the Leithaberg region. The vineyards are located on and around the Schützner Stein and are characterized by the slate and limestone-rich soils of the region. Stefan Zehetbauer's concern is to press wines with depth, a distinctive minerality and ageing potential. The vineyards have top priority for the winemaker, because that is where the foundation for quality is laid. Interventions in the cellar, on the other hand, are reduced to a minimum. Pure yeasts and enzymes are not used, fermentation is spontaneous, and the wines remain on the lees for a long time. The white reserves and all the red wines do not require fining. The terroir concept always comes first. The Leithaberg varieties Blaufränkisch, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay make up the majority of the range. The top wines come from the Steinberg vineyard, which with its barren mica slate soil is one of the best sites in the region. However, the family has always thought outside the box. With their unique Cabernet Franc from Steinberg - with which the Zehetbauers pioneered in Austria at the end of the 1980s - they have now made a name for themselves.

Weingut Josef & Philipp Bründlmayer

Grunddorf

Dedication and love for the craft are still the best prerequisites for quality. This is especially true when it comes to things that people should and want to enjoy – such as wine. Philipp Bründlmayer carries this dedication and love in his DNA – his wines are thus a thing of joy: expressive, pure, linear and of unmistakeable provenance. Tucked away in the village of Grundorf, the wines evolve and mature in stainless steel tanks and large wooden barrels. Grown on the mighty loess terraces of Gedersdorf and Rohrendorf, they are thus labelled with the regional appellation of Kremstal – a lovely area predestined for viticulture with exactly the kind of climate so essential for the character and aromatic development of wine. Apart from experience, craftsmanship and climate, soils are a decisive factor in the creation of great wine. In the Kremstal region, both loess and metamorphic and sedimentary conglomerates offer ideal conditions for the typically dry wines Austria is so appreciated for. Philipp und Josef Bründlmayer grow and make wine with an understanding of their soils and their craft, informed by tradition. The vineyard sites they farm are eminently suited to this endeavour: they are unruly, on rugged terrain, and demand manual rather than mechanised farming. They also are – if you allow them to be and treat them right – ideally suited to those grape varieties the region is known and loved for Philipp Bründlmayer allows his wines to express themselves and their origin without make-up – without frills or safety nets. Across 23 hectares/57 acres of vineyard, he and his team farm 90 different sites, all with their own climatic conditions. Not only does he bottle wines that are absolutely typical of their variety and style, they also bear his unmistakeable signature. Residual sugar never exceeds one gramme per litre – the wines are thus bone dry and exquisite ambassadors for their region – pure Kremstal.

Weingut Kurt und Beatrix Hummel

Niederschleinz

Step by step, Kurt and Beatrix Hummel have turned their small winery into a top operation. Small and fine - rarely does the play on words fit the wine as well as it does here: The family takes its time with each individual vine and ensures pure drinking pleasure, especially for Grüner Veltliner lovers. Now also with the new reserve line.  The 3 hectares of vineyards have now grown to 9 hectares. Large enough to make the winery a top operation, small enough to consistently carry on the family's tradition and recipe for success. The humus-rich loess soils around tranquil Niederschleinz, together with the Pannonian climate, offer perfect conditions for viticulture.   On about 70 percent of the cultivated area (the rest is shared by Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay and Zweigelt), great Grüner Veltliners thrive, which Kurt Hummel bottles in five different stages of maturation. "From light, spicy and peppery to full-bodied and powerful - every Veltliner lover will find his style of wine with us!"  Kurt Hummel's flair for wine has probably been passed down in the family. Daughter Laura graduated from the HBLA for Viticulture and Pomology in Klosterneuburg - and has now already left her first mark on her parents' business. The new "BIG FLIGHT Reserve Line" is her creation. 

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