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New year wine resolutions

New year wine resolutions

It’s been a while since I wrote something here. Well, you all know what December brings with it. Anyway, here we go.

By now you already have made your resolutions for this year. In this article, I will be going through some resolutions involving wine…yeah, you read it right. New year wine resolutions.

My wine resolution is to learn as much as I can about white wine, and probably take a course in wine tasting. So, what are the things one can do this year? Let us go through some.

  1. Wine etiquette
  2. Wine tasting
  3. Different types of wines and their regions and many many more

I will be going through a series of wine etiquette in different occasions, don’t forget to subscribe to get the latest updates. To see what we have been drinking the last couple of weeks, click here. To go to the blogs, click here.

The first in the series is here: Serving wine at home

Erste Lage wine classification

Erste Lage wine classification

Last week, a customer asked for the Grüner Veltliner Erste lage. This was the first time that I’ve heard of this term, and despite having it explained to me by my friends in the wine business, it still remained a puzzle waiting to be assembled. I was able to gather more information and thought it a good idea to share it with my readers. It will probably come in handy in the future.

Example of the logo on Leth's wine

Example of the logo on Leth’s wine


It started with an association which was founded in 1992 by 23 members. The association of traditional vineyards of Austria’s goal was to achieve a vineyard classification in the Danube region. This was a process, since only good wines come from good vineyards. They had to monitor their wines for 20 years, before they could start with the classification process.


In 2010 the 23 members of this association combined their 52 vineyards which are located in Kremstal, Kamptal, Wagram, and Traisental, and therefore the first vintage to carry this label, which can only be used by members of this association. In 2012, there were already 62 vineyard sites that carried the label already.


Only Grüner Veltliner and Riesling wines are allowed to carry the Erste Lage symbol.

It is believed that the members will look into recruiting other growers from this region to participate in the classification process. This means that the classification process can also be viewed as a ‘work in process’ which could go on for years if not decades.


The regions

The region

Here are the members of the association and here the vineyards. 

Where to drink Grüner Veltliner in WAGRAM Austria

Where to drink Grüner Veltliner in WAGRAM Austria

GV is mostly a dry wine, with acidity levels of about 6g/l. Body wise, it is a light wine and colour ranges from gold yellow to old yellow. It has a distinct fruit aroma with a clean nose which is natural. About 75% of Grüner Veltliner grows in Austria. Good Veltliner has an alcohol percent of 12.5%, so this is something to look into as well when looking for places to enjoy this wonderful wine. 

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This guide from Winefolly, will show you the basics of the major white wine styles.


Where do GV grow?


The common places to find Grüner Veltliner growing is in lower Austria and in Burgenland.

However, in Vienna, they normally grow in the 19th district (Grinzing), and this is also considered a touristic place where there are a number of Heurigen. It is an area easily accessible by public transport, either by bus or a tram; alternatively, one can take a tourist bus for the same.

I will focus with lower Austria in this post, and come back to you when I have visited the other areas. Mutual places in Lower Austria to find Grüner Veltliner, include, Kremstal, Wagram, Strassertal, Wachau and Kremstal.


Where to find Grüner Veltliner in Wagram area

I will only list wineries that I have visited personally or tried out their wine.


  • Weingut Hofstetter – The winery of the wine-growing family HOFSTETTER is located in the (Lower Austrian wine-growing region) of Fels am Wagram. It is one of the fastest emerging companies in the Wagram wine region and is famous for its excellent wines for several years now. The vineyards of the winery HOFSTETTER prosper at the most southern slopes of Wagram. Its special soil, loess, mainly gives the Red and Green Veltliner (which are not in any way related to each other) a very special note: mineral taste, full-bodied and drinkable.
  • Weingut Ott – Located in Feuersbrunn, Weingut Bernhard Ott is a family owned company since 1889. Bernhard is the fourth generation of the Ott family and has been leading the winery since 1995. Bernhard Ott concentrates on the most important grape on the Wagram – the Grüner Veltliner
  • Weingut Blauensteiner – The winery is located in the wine village Gösing, which is embedded in a basin amidst the Wagram. The charm of the small wine village with a fantastic view of the Tullnerfeld and of the wide-spread vineyards invites you to linger and enjoy the moment.
  • Weingut Öhlzelt – Our tavern with local cold dishes and our great assortement of quality wines is embedded in the Feuersbrunner vineyards. You can have a look in our traditionell wine cellar and taste wines in our vinothek and tavern.

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  • Weingut Leth – Located in Fels am Wagram. Our family is now the third generation to focus on wine-growing. The Leth winery, one of the leading wineries in the Wagram region is located in Fels. 40 hectares are run by family Leth, directly on the terraces of the Wagram hillside. The deep loess soils are excellently suited for Grüner Veltliner, half of the area under vine is planted with this variety.
  • Kolkmann – The 36 hectare vineyards of the Kolkmann Winery lie on the best rieds of the WAGRAM, which is reflected in the characteristic and regionally typical wines the family produces. Grüner Veltliner and Zweigelt, vinificated in different styles, are the most important varietals.
  • Sauerstingl – Franz Sauerstingl has taken over the reigns of the family winery in 2002. As a graduate of the Viniculture College in Klosterneuburg he currently vinifiers grapes from some twelve hectars. Grüner Veltliner is by far and away his predomoiniant variety.
  • Bründy – Located in Feuersbrunn. For generations the Bründlmayer family has been planting and vinifying wine at the famous Hengstberg hill of Feuersbrunn in the wine growing region called Wagram.

Next I will be going to Kamptal and will also list the wineries in this area. Subscribe, so that you don’t miss reading on this.

Sources: Austrian wine Marketing

What is an Austrian Heurigen dinner?

What is an Austrian Heurigen dinner?

Ever wondered what a typical Austrian Heurigen dinner is all about? Here is one Heuriger we visited…

Last weekend we went to Heurigen Gmeiner in Seebarn. This is in lower Austria, about 50 minutes’ drive from Vienna. It was just a spontaneous visit and I thought it as a good place to give my readers more insight on Heurigen.

What is a Heurigen: Heuriger is the name given to Austrian wine-taverns in which wine-growers serve the most recent year’s wines and where patrons can experience Gemütlichkeit (comfort). These taverns need a special licence. They normally serve cold food, and if otherwise a different licence is needed for this.

At Gmeiner’s, beer is also available, for those who aren’t wine enthusiasts.

Gmeiner Wagram


MUSKATELLER – Recommended for those who prefer something sweet.

STAUBIGER(GV) – This is the next fermentation level after Sturm. From my other posts, you may have stumbled upon a time where I went drinking and tasting Sturm- this sweet young wine. This is the first stage of wine production followed by the Staubiger. Staubiger has already a wine taste in it, the colour being kind of smoky white and it isn’t sweet at all. This is something you can only get during and just closely after the harvest period, ranging between October and end of November. Its alcohol level is at 11%




Well, we weren’t hungry, but when you are at a Heurigen, you tend to order something. Below are some pics, when you click them you get a better view 😉


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FOOD – Not above 15€

DRINKS – Not above 3€ for an 1/8 glass

WEBSITE: http://www.gmeiner-weine.at/


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How to taste white wine – Hofstetter from Wagram

How to taste white wine – Hofstetter from Wagram

Part one was just the introduction on tasting wine. I am also new to this ~theory~ as some might call it.  It is great to experience the whole process with my viewers and learning at the same time.

So this video, I will be looking into one winemaking family from my region ‘Wagram’, he might be small, but holds a high ‘chin’. His wines aren’t to ignore, and from experience, plenty talk only good about him.


I will be tasting his Grüner Veltliner (Scheiben) today, and we will experience the journey together. Other wines are coming along, and I am looking forward as you are.

To visit his website, click HERE


How do you taste white wine?

How do you taste white wine?

Today I went into experiencing wine. This means looking, smelling, tasting and judging white wines. I started with explaining the various steps to accomplish this, I have to admit, they are challenging but worth it! It was my first, and I hope yours too ;-). This information if you may ask, are from different wine websites, I gathered data and came up with my own (the document attached), and used this in the video.

The second video I looked into the Grüner Veltliner (Scheiben) from Hoffstetter in the Wagram region of Lower Austria. We have a collection from him, and the reason why ‘they’ came first. They are an upcoming wine family, and their wines are really incredible. They are already in the export market in Switzerland and Germany and looking to expand as well.

I am yet to taste other wines, from the winemakers from this region (Don’t forget! I am focusing on white wine), and giving you feedback as well. So, stay tuned and let’s walk together in this journey.

Off course, you are welcomed to ask for samples (for importers) and if you are private; we can as well arrange something on this direction. Just Email me!