In the October edition of Decanter, there is an article by Julia Harding MW on the Austrian grape Rotgipfler. This indigenous white grape is found exclusively in the Thermenregion which is south of Vienna and includes the towns of Tattendorf and Guntramsdorf. The Falstaff Guide refers to this area as â€œThe Cradle of Great Winesâ€. Only in this region can the appropriate growing conditions for Rotgipfler be found, which include both climate and soil. Warm south facing vineyards with good calcareous based soils are necessary, and good vigorous sites bring consistently high yields. The wines show a pleasant acidity and a fine bouquet. Unfortunately the cultivation of this grape is decreasing.
The Decanter article suggests several vintners, and one of these is Schneider of Tattendorf. The Schneider Winery produces some great red and white wines. The Austrian Wein Company is pleased to stock his wines including Rotgipfler. The wine has a pronounced fruity bouquet, high acidity, spice rich extracts and robustness. The wine delights and although the ABV is 14% it is beautifully crafted with luxuriant aromas, and has good aging potential.
We have visited the Schneider Winery on several occasions, including guided tours of his vineyard.
We shall be visiting George in November to taste his latest vintages.