It's hard to imagine a hobby that combines better with our profession than that of wine - and in our case, especially those wines which are produced by domestic vineyards in Austria. A number of years ago, we made it our goal to build a more focusedwine collection, setting out in search of smaller, more family-run wineries. Since then, those wineries have never failed to captivate us with the high-quality of their vintages. The personal connection is also important to us, and so we are delighted to have this opportunity to introduce our vintners and tell you more about the "wine friendships" which have developed between us.
(Gols - Neusiedlersee)
The winery of Paul and Andrea Wendelin is located in the center of the renowned wine-growing community of Gols, in the world-famous Neusiedlersee wine-growing region. Paul Wendelin, the vintner, produces the wines.
In his work, he concentrates on those varieties which are deeply rooted in his home region. These are primarily the Austrian grapes Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent. Both out in the vineyards and in his cellars, Paul Wendelin places a major emphasis on individuality and working by hand.
You sense the love for detail wherever you go on Weingut Wendelin, an intimate family-run business which is always a joy to visit.
(Schützen am Gebirge - Neusiedlersee-Hügelland)
"Weingut Markus Truksitz - sternenweine" is located in Schützen am Gebirge, one of the oldest wine-growing communities in all of Austria, amid the Neusiedler See World Heritage Region. The vineyards themselves lie in the countryside around Schützen, close to the Schützner Stein Nature Sanctuary (Goldberg) and the famous Leithaberg vineyard.
Markus Truksitz runs this small gem of a business (ca. 3.5 ha) with great passion and joy, the fifth generation of his family to do so.
(Podersdorf - Neusiedlersee)
For generations, wine growing has played a significant role in the life of the Steiner family. Formerly, the main emphasis was on production of stylish sweet wines. The ambitions of today's winemaker Julius Steiner are directed towards outstanding quality in every aspect of his business. True to this approach, since 1986 he has undertaken constant improvements - with the clear goal of becoming one of the best producers in Austria.
High expectations indeed, and that's no easy path. That said, the people of Burgenland are quite famous for a degree of stubbornness, which serves him in good stead as he steadily raises the quality of his wines.
(Deutsch-Schützen - Southern Burgenland)
In Deutsch-Schützen, the center of Southern Burgenland, master winegrower and cellarer Gerhard Wallner has dedicated himself to the cultivation of characteristic red wines. In his efforts, he has received the constant support of his parents, Anna and Josef. The estate covers some eight hectares of vineyards.
The special features of the terroir, a long vegetation period and harvests which are deliberately kept low, along with cellaring techniques that are gentle on the grapes, all go to make up the typical signature of this winery.
(Pölfing-Brunn - Western Styria)
"When wine becomes an experience...."
True to this maxim, Thomas and Margaretha Strohmaier look to excite customers with their wines. Thomas has been squarely focused on wine for 20 years now - initially an outsider to the business, he was driven by his motivation to become a wine grower, starting out by cultivating the classic Schilcher grape. But he didn't just stop there - he now produces different variants of this Western Styrian rosè classic, supplemented by an outstanding selection of whites and reds.
PS: If you share my enthusiasm for Schilcher wines, the Strohmaier estate is definitely the place for you!
(Siebing - Southern Styria/South-Eastern Styria)
Wine growing looks back on a long tradition with the List family. In fact, the vineyard on the Grassnitzberg was purchased seven generations ago, in 1789 to be precise, by Johann List, and it has remained in the family ever since. They currently work about 5 ha of vineyards on the Grassnitzberg - one of the best vineyards in all of South-Eastern Styria. The distinctive character and charm of List wines is due to painstaking processing, as well as the climatic and geographical conditions enjoyed by the vineyards on the Grassnitzberg.
(St. Anna am Aigen - South-Eastern Styria)
The Scharl family has been growing wines since 1930, though it was not until 1982 that Josef Scharl Sr. turned his hobby into a profession, intensifying his efforts to produce highest-quality wines.
In the meantime, Josef Scharl Jr. has assumed the responsibilities in the wine cellar, seamlessly continuing the tradition that, in order to produce a good wine, you have to sense its very soul.
This fine touch of the Scharl family results every year in exceptional products, from gentle and fragrant to robust and full-bodied wines.
(Traiskirchen - Thermenregion)
The Schafler family have been farming their wine estate for six generations – Catherina and Andreas took over the business in 1993 and, through their new ideas, dedication and innovations, have made the Schaflerhof one of the leading wineries in the Thermenregion. Variants of the Rotgipfler and Zierfandler - the classic whites of this area - are the focus of their selection, complemented by classics such as the Grüner Veltliner and Welschriesling as well as numerous reds and sweet wines.
(Tattendorf - Thermenregion)
Tradition and the values that go with it provide the foundation for Hannes Dachauer as he runs his winery. Closeness to nature is an absolute top priority for this vintner. As an organic business, the young winegrower strives tirelessly to treat his wines and nature with gentle respect. The result of his very personal, natural approach to his work, is distinctive wines with their own personal note.
The Grabner family have roots in the Sooss area that go back over 200 years, during which time they have been actively producing wines. Sepp Schierer, born in Langenlois, married one of the daughters of Karl Grabner and moved to the Thermenregion. Step by step, this traditional business has been transformed into one of the most modern in the region. "Unobtrusive Understatement" is the clear motto of Weingut Grabner-Schierer in Sooss, whenever they come out and praise their own quality wines - wines which, incidentally, offer unsurpassed value-for-money.
(Höflein - Carnuntum)
Since 1752, six generations of the Zwickelstorfer family have been cultivating these vineyards in Höflein. Hannes and his sister, Doris Zwickelstorfer, have made it their mission to continue the tradition-rich winery of their father, Johann, true to its original character, and at the same time work hand-in-hand with Mother Nature herself. The result is original wines with refined flavor nuances, constantly surprising and making wine-drinking an unforgettable experience in its own right. The change in generations has also brought with it a number of organizational changes, while the approaches to wine-growing and -production have returned closer to their traditional roots. In recent years, the vineyards have been converted to natural farming methods in order to restore the natural cycles. The goal is to have balanced, healthy vineyards, which are strong enough to protect themselves. The result is wines with lots of character, distinctive, and with great cellaring potential.
(Schrattenberg - Weinviertel)
The Schwarz family's winery is located in Schrattenberg, an "island of reds" amid the Weinviertel, a region otherwise renowned for its abundance of white wines. This particular wine estate has been represented in our own collection perhaps longer than any other. With the greatest possible personal dedication, primarily red wines of exceptional quality are produced from a terroir that is ideal. That said, the white wines of the Schwarz family are also not to be missed. For more than twelve years, the "Schwarzschen" wines are represented here at the Post, and a sublime example of how acquaintances can be transformed into "wine friendships"...
(Röschitz - Weinviertel)
The wine-growing Maurer family have been in Röschitz for four generations. Here, at the foot of the Manhartsberg, their focus is squarely on the leading grape variety of the Weinviertel region, the Grüner Veltliner. Leopold Maurer has been running the 13 ha estate since 2001, and is responsible for the cellars, vineyards and sales. Parents Alfred and Maria Maurer help in the vineyards, where they contribute their considerable experience.
Out in the vineyards, the emphasis is on near-natural, eco-friendly cultivation, with yields deliberately reduced with an eye to enhanced quality - the optimal foundation, in other words, for impressively fruity and full-bodied wines from the Maurer wine cellars.
(Grafenwörth - Wagram/Donauland)
In our search for a typical Roter Veltliner from Wagram, several years ago we came across the winery of the Reinberger family, whose vineyards are located not far from the River Danube, their fields sedately inclined towards the Wagram. Special attention is given to Grüner Veltliner and Riesling grapes, complemented by indigenous varieties such as the Roter Veltliner and Malvasier, which do especially well in the loess soils of the Wagram. The Reinbergers also combine their wine-growing activities with arable farming.
(Thallern - Kremstal)
The roots of this winery go back to 1933, when Franz Tanzer took over house No. 19, a small 3 ha farm. In 1981, a wine tavern opened its doors on the right bank of the Danube, now very much the flagship of the business. Today, the wine estate of the Tanzer family encompasses some 8 ha of vineyards and another 7 ha of orchards. The family runs the farm together, with each family member having his or her own field of responsibility. Mother Friederike and Daniela Tanzer look after the guests of their wine tavern, while father Franz IV is a fruit-growing specialist, also responsible for the fine schnapps distilled with those same fruits. My personal dedication and my heart are focused on wine growing - my constant efforts towards exceptional quality in all aspects of the business are reflected in our numerous awards and certificates.
(Spitz an der Donau - Wachau)
The winery of the Rixinger famly is located amid the vineyards of the western Wachau region, in an area known as the "Spitzergraben".
They currently cultivate about 5 ha of vineyards and 0.8 ha of apricot trees. Most of the grapes grow on steep terraced hillsides, originally created hundreds of years ago, which means that machinery can only rarely be used. Weingut Rixinger is subject to the Codex Wachau, quality standards established by the VINEA WACHAU NOBILIS DISTRICTUS wine preservation society. In the quieter winter months, thanks to 38 ha of forest there is certainly no shortage of work to be done. For all fans of Wachau wines, Weingut Rixinger is a real insider tip when it comes to value-for-money!
(Kuffern - Traisental)
Since 1987, the Steyrer famly have been cultivating their vineyards which surround the idyllic wine-growing community of Kuffen in Traisental. In 2010, the winery was handed over by father Johann to his son Bernhard. For his part, in 2011 Bernhard built a new wine cellar, taking yet another ambitious and important step towards the future. The quality-oriented path of the Steyrer family has been recognized through various awards on the local and regional level. Aside from Veltliners and Rieslings, which enjoy DAC status in Traisental, the Steyrers complement their selection with delicious sweet wines and many a red-wine tip, too.
(Göttlesbrunn - Carnuntum)
In the legendary Carnuntum wine-growing area, the Gottschuly-Grassl family operate about 12 ha of vineyards in a top location.
Their focus is squarely on top-to-bottom quality management, a healthy crop, grapes that are allowed to ripen to maturity, modern as well as traditional cultivation methods, and, above all, reduced yields. New technology wherever necessary, traditional whenever possible. A successful effort, in other words, to continue the centuries-old wine-growing tradition of Carnuntum.
(Schönberg am Kamp - Kamptal)
"Last but not least", we wish to mention the winery operated by the Deim family. Now for over 20 years, Weingut Diem has been providing their wines to us here at the Post. The business has been in the same family since 1772, comprising vineyards inside Schönberg-Kamptal Nature Park as well as in the Wachau region. The business is run exclusively by family members, guaranteeing 100% quality control, from the first buds to final bottling. Due to their quality products, wines from this winery have always been very popular with our guests, while "Fallstaff" magazine describes their value-for-money as unbeatable!
And of course, we don't want to forget the Döllerer family (Döllerer's Wine Wholesalers) or the companyWein Wolf in Salzburg, who have been standing right there at our side for many years, perfectly "plugging" any holes we might occasionally have in our own collection.