Artists of Austria

Austria’s resurrection as one of Europe’s most exciting wine hubs has been extraordinary, as we find out in our special six-episode series. Join Freddy Bulmer on his most recent buying trip, as he meets the new mavericks and the old masters that make this country such an incredible place for wine.

Artists of Austria Mixed Case

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Episode 1 – Weingut Hans Igler: The Blaufränkisch Pioneer

Freddy travels to the historic Burgenland region of Austria to visit the Hans Igler winery, uncovering the remarkable story of this family producer.

Taste the story:

Hans Igler Classic Blaufränkisch, Mittelburgenland 2017
Fine bright Austrian blaufränkisch, this is an upfront example of the red-fruited charms that define the grape, along with subtle spicy complexity and an overall elegance.

Episode 2 – Peter Wetzer: A Secret in Sopron

A quick trip across the border to Hungary sees Freddy meet Peter Wetzer, a charismatic, super small-scale producer crafting just 15,000 artisan bottles a year from a shed in his back garden.

Taste the story:

Furmint, Peter Wetzer 2018
A delicious and complex premium furmint, with aromas of citrus, nut and spice with a twist of honey. A great example of Hungary's fine wine offering.

Episode 3 – Birgit Braunstein: A Holistic Approach

Freddy experiences more than just great wine when he meets biodynamic proponent Birgit Braunstein, finding an ancient burial ground and ley lines are part of the story of this fascinating winery.

Taste the story:

Birgit Braunstein Pinot Blanc, Burgenland 2018
An elegant, crystalline pinot blanc from Austria's mother of biodynamics and minimal intervention. This variety has a long history in the Burgenland region and this is a fine example, with notes of lemon, pear and flint.

Episode 4 – Weingut Gerhard & Brigitte Pittnauer - The Art of Self Expression

Revisiting Wine Society favourites Gerhard and Brigitte at their Pittnauer winery sees Freddy debate natural wine and why creativity – musical, artistic and otherwise – helps this Austrian power couple create such delicious wine.

Taste the story:

Pittnauer Pitti Red, Burgenland 2017
Deliciously bright, fresh and generous Austrian red, which bursts with strawberry and raspberry notes. The palate is energetic and juicy, making for a friendly and exciting wine. It's hard not to smile while drinking this!

Episode 5 – Familie Mantler: Generations at Work

A family producer with a focus firmly on leaving a beautiful legacy for the next generation gives Freddy a glimpse into Austria’s winemaking future.

Episode 6 – Stift Klosterneuberg - Where It All Began

There wouldn’t be a scene full of mavericks and artisans if it wasn’t for the traditionalists who helped start it. Freddy visits the stunning working monastery of Stift Klosterneuberg to see how worship of both God and grape has led to a heritage of quality winemaking.

Taste the story:

Stift Klosterneuberg St Laurent 2018
Daringly different yet eminently drinkable, this mouthwatering Austrian red is made from the indigenous St Laurent grape. Think sour cherries, a hint of tea leaf and plenty of red fruit, expertly balanced by the team at Austria's oldest winery, where wine has been made since 1114!

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