Franz + Petra Weninger
Franz Weninger’s vineyards are certified biodynamic producing natural wines on two sides of the Burgenland border – both in Austria and Hungary. A third-generation winemaker dissatisfied with the homogenous wines being produced during the ’80s in Hungary and later confirmed while helping with ferments in California. Returning home he embraced the winemaking heritage of his home in Austria’s far-eastern borderland region of Burgenland. His estate boasts an eclectic array of grape varieties but the focus is clearly on Blaufränkisch and the patchwork of ancient soils that make up the estate.
~2018 FEHERBURGUNDI (HUNGARY)~
“Anyone who wants to experience what is meant by Vin Vivant – a living wine – should take a look at the 2018 Fehérburgundi (Pinot Blanc). Thrived on slate soils in Franz Weninger’s biodynamic vineyards on the Hungarian side of the Neusiedlersee. A delicately scented, floral delicacy, wild flower meadows blooming in the nose, lemon balm, wet grass with a good portion of !esh lime and grape!uit zest. On the palate incredibly precise and firm with mouthwashing juiciness thanks to its stimulating, slightly pointed acidity, restrained phenolics and saltiness. Can you taste the minerality of the different soils and locations? I say yes. A natural wine that couldn’t be finer without being forced into some kind of corset or subordinating to certain dogmas. More than just an introduction to this wonderful world of wine for (far too) little money. ” (Risto Rieger)
FEHERBURGUNDI 750ml | SKU #71569 | $22.37 | Available
~2018 ZWEIGELT IM FLUSS (AUSTRIA)~
A large part of the Horitschon was created 8 million years ago by the movement of the local creek named “Frauenbrunnbach”. Zweigelt “in the flow” – like the soil, also the wine is flowing. Nimble, fruity, and delicate, it prances on the tongue and flows cheerfully on the palate. Pure drinking pleasure! Whole clusters and whole berries fermented together for six days.
ZWEIGELT IM FLUSS 750ml | SKU #547653 | $20.22 | Available
~2017 HOCHÄKER (AUSTRIA)~
100% old vine Blaufränkisch. Single Vineyard. Hochäcker is among the oldest sites in Horitschon. Its rockless, hard, and loamy substratum is interspersed with iron, which is characteristic of traditional Blaufränkisch soil. The forty-year-old vines produce the highest quality grapes every harvest. Redberry fruit, delicate forest berries, subtle notes of cherry, spices, and tobacco. Freshly structured on the palate. A complex wine, but not opulent. Dense and extremely concentrated thus ideal for aging. 10 days in wooden or concrete fermenters with 16 months in 500-liter-barrels / natural malolactic fermentation.
HOCHÄKER 750ml | SKU #071580 | $24.98 | Limited Available
~2018 BLAUFRÄNKISCH (AUSTRIA)~
This Blaufränkisch reflects the diversity of the soils in Mittelburgenland. It brings loam and limestone – and thus depth and fineness – into the glass. A multiple vineyard pick from relatively young vines. The ferments are spontaneous with 10 days in very old wooden tanks followed by 18 months in big wooden barrels with natural malolactic fermentation. Unfined, Unfiltered with a small amount of sulfur at bottling.Sour cherry, black olives, and many dark berries. On the palate very fresh and animating. Lots of fruit, vivacious acidity, spicy tannins.
BLÄUFRANKICH 750ml | SKU #777235 | $21.41 | Avaiable
~2018 PONZICHTER (HUNGARY/AUSTRIA)~
A light red of Pinot Noir + Zweigelt grown in Weninger’s certified biodynamic vineyards from Horitschon / Mittelburgenland (Austria) and Balf / Sopron (Hungary), on gneiss and loam soils. An easy-going fresh table red you’d romanticize about drinking along a communal table with friends in the Austrian countryside. Ponzichter is the old nickname for German-speaking winemakers in West Hungary (the old name for Burgenland) who would plant beans between the vines and as such where nicknamed ‘BeanGrowers’ by their fellow Hungarian companions.
The wine was fermented naturally, with some whole berries included in the ferment to introduce just a touch of carbonic fermentation. The wine was aged for 18 months in 40-year-old oak casks. Bottled unfined, unfiltered
PONZICHTER 750ml | SKU #889626 | $20.70 | Sorry, Available
~2018 KÉKFRANKOS BALF (HUNGARY)~
Kékfrankos (Blaufränkisch) is the wine variety of Sopron. Here it has its origin. Over the past years, this variety got a lot of international reputation, whereas in Hungary it is still an underdog. For a long time, this grape was misunderstood and treated the wrong way. Nobody took care of it until Franz’s father made the first quality Kékfrankos of Hungary in 1997. Balf is a small village on the lake Neusiedl. Many thermal springs are situated here. Some are used as therapeutic baths, whilst the water from others is bottled as mineral water. 14 days in stainless steel tanks, 15 months in big wooden barrels.
KÉKFRANKOS BALF 750ml | SKU #71574 | $21.41 | Available
~2017 SYRAH (HUNGARY)~
Ripe Syrah with flavors of black olives, dark fruit and spices and a funky, wild character. Made from biodynamically farmed grapes, using natural yeasts and minimal human intervention. Give it time to breathe after opening and let the layers of flavor develop in your glass.