Falstaff Wineguide Austria/South Tyrol 2021/22

Falstaff Wineguide Austria/South Tyrol 2021/22

The winery F.X. Pichler in Oberloiben has been one of the fixed stars in the Austrian wine sky for decades. Franz Xaver Pichler Senior deserves the credit for having given the winery an unmistakable stylistic line, which today is further enriched by his son Lucas, who manages the winery together with his wife Johanna.

When one speaks of Pichler's Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners, one is also referring to the most famous sites in Loiben and Dürnstein, which stretch from the Steinertal in the East to Loibenberg, Kellerberg and Liebenberg in the West. At the Pichler estate the aim is always to create wines that are a true reflection of the year, the soil and the special microclimate of the Wachau. The fine nuances of each respective site should be perceptible and tangible in their multi-layered uniqueness. Thus, tasting through the range always turns out to be a high point. Regardless of the category, the wines are convincing due to their precise structure - everything that is put in the bottle is exactly as intended. Those who try to judge these "wine works" should always keep the time factor in mind because the Smaragd wines, which are rich in substance, need seven to eight years to fully develop; the great wines of the estate, labelled "M" or "Infinite", even longer.

Since 2009, Lucas Pichler has the space he needs to realise his ideas in the new cellar which they built in the middle of the vineyards between Dürnstein and Oberloiben. From the 2016 vintage, there were some changes at F.X. Pichler due to changes in the designations of the wines. Since then, Riesling Smaragd Oberhauser and Grüner Veltliner Urgesteinsterrassen have no longer been made, and the Federspiel Frauenweingärten has been integrated into Loibner Federspiel.


  • Contact Person: Johanna Pichler
  • Exhibitions
  • Winemaker: Lucas Pichler
  • Tasting room
  • Production Style: Conventional
  • Cultivation Area in Hectares: 20


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