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.
~2021 RÓZSA PETSOVITS (AUSTRIA)~
Rózsa Petsovits was born in 1921 in Horitschon/Hungary. In the same year Horitschon came to Austria. Just as the history of Burgenland is a history of German-speaking Hungary, so this wine tries to think without borders. Syrah from gneiss from Hungary mingles with Zweigelt and Blaufrankisch from loam and Pinot Noir from limestone from Austria.
Selectively hand-harvested in September 2021, fermented for 10 days in wooden barrels. Aged on the lees for 6 months.
RÓZSA PETSOVITS | 6 x 750ml | SKU #867192 | $23.12
A light red blend of Zweigelt, Pinot Noir, Blaufrankisch & Cabernet Franc from their biodynamic vineyards in Hungary & Austria. An easy-going and super fresh style.
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 16 months in 40-year-old oak casks.
PONZICHTER | 6 x 750ml | SKU #889626 | $22.84
~2019 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 6 x 750ml | SKU #71574 | $23.79
~2019 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. The grapes are picked from approx 30 different plots, with vines from 5-35 years old. Harvested in September 2019, fermented for 10 days in wooden vats and aged for 18 months in large barrels.
BLÄUFRANKICH | 6 x 750ml | SKU #777235 | $23.32
~2018 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.
Selectively hand-harvested in October 2018. Spontaneous fermentation took 10 days in wooden & concrete fermenters, with a further 20 months in large barrels.
HOCHÄKER | 6 x 750ml | SKU #071580 | $26.65
~2018 SAYBRITZ (AUSTRIA)~
The best site on Eisenberg – Blaufränkisch grapes have grown for 50 years on a blue and green slate substratum beneath heavily calcareous clayey loamy soil. What the land and its people bring forth on this steep southern slope has awakened the desire to tap these natural resources too.
The rocky subsoil allows good drainage. This results in freshness and bright fruit; the clay in the topsoil imparts a delicate sweetness and body. The view from the steep site adds lightness to the wine. An elegant Blaufränkisch with plenty of finesse.
SAYBRITZ | 6 x 750ml | SKU #517003 | $45.32