Located on a beautiful farm in Schützen, Weingut Prieler’s estate vineyards lay between the Leithagebirge, the last outpost of the eastern Alps that protect the vines from western winds, and Lake Neusidl, which helps to moderate hot temperatures from the Pannonian Plain.
As is the case with many family farms; the land was originally dedicated to plantings of fruits and vegetables, grains and raising animals. Grape growing was always a part of this, and in the 1950s, Georg Prieler Sr. started to focus more on wine. In 1972, Irmgard and Engelbert Prieler made the decision to shift the entire focus of the farm to wine production. With special attention on Blaufränkisch and Burgundian varieties. In 2005, they were joined by their son Georg, who now oversees the 22 hectares of vineyards.
Georg’s careful attention to detail and work in the vineyard employs natural approaches to pest management, cover crops, and maintaining healthy soils. These, among other low-intervention practices are the basis for creating the incredible wines we enjoy from this benchmark producer today. Prieler has been farming organically since 2015 and 2016, produced their first wines with official organic certification.
They are now in the process of converting to Respekt certified Biodynamic farming, joining like-minded producers in the area.
The Blaufränkisch grapes for Leithaberg are grown on the hill that rises directly behind Oggau, Ried Pratsche. From here is a stunning view of the reed belt that stetches to Lake Neusidl. The vines are grown on a mix of mica-schist and marine limestone soils.
At the winery, alcoholic fermentation occurs in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks. The wine is then aged in small oak barrels and large wooden casks to soften the texture of the wine, while preserving primary fruit characteristics.
This lively expression of Blaufränkisch is dry, medium bodied, with mouth-watering acidity and firm, integrated tannins. The fruit characteristic is tart and ripe black and red cherry, black berries, red currant and damson plums. The fruit is complemented by notes of rich potting soil, smoke, saline, black pepper spice, and an underlying purple florality. The length is long and finish is fresh.
drink now or cellar for 6+ years
a great pairing for smoked sausages, grilled vegetables, schnitzel or spaetzle dumplings.