26 Oct 2020

Domaine F.X. Pichler, Grüner Veltliner

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Austria was a wine-producing region even before the arrival of the Romans. Today, Austria's vineyards are situated in 4 regions: Lower Austria, Burgenland, Styria and the Vienna region, covering around 50,000 ha and producing some 3 million hectolitres of wine, 83% of which is white. Amongst the star performers of Austrian viticulture, the Domaine F.X. Pichler with its first-class, complex, sophisticated wines stands out from the crowd.

weingutSituated in Dürnstein in the  Wachau* wine-producing region of Lower Austria, and the property of 4 generations of the Pichler family, the domaine is a member of Vinea Wachau Nobilis Districtus, an association of producers committed to the promotion of the region's wines. Its 18 hectares of vines, situated on particularly rocky slopes that include terraces dating from the 12th century, are composed exclusively of white grape stock: 52% Grüner Veltliner, 40% Riesling and 1% Sauvignon blanc.

One man's vision turned table wine into quality wine

An Austrian wine par excellence and widely planted for the quantity and regularity of its yield, Grüner Veltliner was first produced in the form of a modest table wine, served in a jug or sold in Dopplers (2-litre bottles). In 1928, Franz Pichler selected the small grape variety of Grüner Veltliner that gives a denser must. It is from this selection that today's high-quality wine is made.

Wachau-winThe Domaine's current manager, Franz Xaver Pichler understood that Grüner Veltliner could be used to make excellent, complex wine for laying down provided that care was taken to limit the yield of the vines a little. It is in this form, with its flagship "Grüner Veltliner Smaragd M" that he markets this wine, which is appreciated in many countries where its freshness, body, and peppery bouquet have become the best ambassadors of Austria's wine-producing identity.

A faultless range

The range of wines produced from this emblematic vine-stock also includes the Grüner Veltliner Loibner Berg, whose minerality, citrus and fresh fruit notes are typical of the personality of the Domaine's wines, the Grüner Veltliner Kellerberg, still more dense and extremely long on the palate, and the Grüner Veltliner "M" ( for Monument or Meditation - you choose), a great wine made for eternity. This high class wine has a deep, extremely spicy, wild nose, with hints of lychee, pear, minerals, tobacco and tropical citrus fruits. It is especially long on the palate, full-bodied and with a real smoothness to it yet with just enough acidity to give it a feeling of freshness.

A cellar in tune with its content

Each cellar has its own atmosphere and environment. The new Pichler cellar was built in 2009 in the middle of the vines in a contemporary style that blends harmoniously into the cultural landscape of Wachau. The building is a reinterpretation of the traditional use of natural stone walls, making it a place dedicated to craft and art. 

(* Wachau lies in the valley of the Danube between Melk and Krems. Its particularly lovely landscape still bears many traces of its development from prehistoric times; architectural vestiges (monasteries, castles, ruins), urban sites (towns and villages) and finally farming, in particular in relation to the cultivation of vines. Wachau has been declared a UNESCO natural heritage site.)

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