Weingut Josef & Philipp Bründlmayer

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Falstaff Wineguide Austria 2022/23

Falstaff Wineguide Austria 2022/23

Love and passion for the craft are still the best prerequisites for achieving quality. This is especially true for the production of something so pleasurable as wine from the Kremstal region. Philipp Bründlmayer pursues this passionate dedication to wine production. Consequently, his wines are heavenly: varietally pure, straightforward, and of distinctive origin. In Grunddorf, in the last corner of the Kamptal, they are stored and matured in steel tanks and large wooden barrels. However, they originate from the mighty loess terraces of Gedersdorf and Rohrendorf and thus bear the Kremstal designation of origin. A beautiful location, ideal for winegrowing. Here, climatic conditions prevail that are essential for the aroma formation and character of the wine.

In addition to knowledge, craftsmanship and climate, the quality of the soil is a decisive factor in the creation of great wines. In the Kremstal, loess and conglomerate form the ideal terroir for the typically dry wines for which Austria as a wine country is so highly regarded. Philipp and Josef Bründlmayer practice viticulture with a down-to-earth approach and an appreciation of tradition. The vineyards that the estate cultivates could not be better suited to this philosophy: they are unruly, almost impassable, and need to be worked by hand. But they are also - if left to their own devices and approached properly - an ideal place for those varieties for which this region is so well known and loved.

At Philipp Bründlmayer, wines are allowed to candidly reveal where they flourished - without frills. On 25 hectares, his winery cultivates over 100 different vineyards with a wide variety of microclimates. He not only bottles wines that are distinctive varietal but also bears his unmistakable signature. With no more than one gram of residual sugar, all wines are particularly dry and thus ambassadors of their region -genuine Kremstal wines!

In their own words

One could easily fill a few volumes about the sons of winegrowers and their fathers and their resulting conflicts. However, the two Bründlmayers, Josef & Philipp, would not appear in it - far too unspectacular. Occasionally, things seem to go differently, and even though Philipp has currently taken over the management of the winery, his father still plays a decisive role. 

No wonder, since he knows every vine in the family's 52 vineyards. He has planted many of them himself, nurtured some back to health, and cared for others in order to bottle wines that are specific to their origin. For Josef and Philipp there was never a standstill, both men have the same impetus for innovation and ideas, the student of oenology continues what his father started in 1980. 

The conditions are admittedly incomparably better. While his father started the viticulture project without a pump or cellar, Philipp now farms a total of 18 hectares: most of it is Grüner Veltliner and most of it is in sites that are among the best in the Krems Valley. Moosburgerin, Gebling, Tiefenthal, Vordernberg & Steingraben are synonymous with density and power but are also lively and structured wines. To get these attributes from the vine to the bottle, Philipp follows a handful of principles that consist of a deliberate mix of DO & LET IT BE. 

No use of insecticides & herbicides, no artificial fertilizers and no cold fermentation which are all on the abandonment side. However, manual labour, multiple selections and long aging on the lees on the TO DO list. The local aspect plays a double role. On the one hand, he tries to capture the natural conditions precisely, on the other hand, he gives autochthonous varieties of the region, above all, the Neuburger a fighting chance. Along with Riesling and Grüner Veltliner, Neuburger has gradually developed into Philipp's hobbyhorse and, in addition to a juicy texture and vital tannins, also has ripe, exotic fruit and fine citrus notes in its aroma profile. To reflect the terroir and its differences as precisely as possible, each site ends up in a separate tank. The great sites are also vinified accordingly and have substance, character and potential beyond the individual site and winemaker’s hallmark.

DETAILS

  • Contact Person: Philipp Bründlmayer
  • Exhibitions
  • Winemaker: Philipp Bründlmayer
  • Tasting room
  • Cellar Door Sales
  • Production Style: Conventional
  • Cultivation Area in Hectares: 25

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