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Unique Wines of Austria Seminar & Tasting - 6/15Friday, June 15 2018 6:15pm Doors / 6:30pm Start / Ends 8:30pm
Unique Wines of Austria Seminar & Tasting - 6/15
at City Winery New York City
Unique Wines of Austria - Seminar & Tasting
Did you know that Vienna is the only European capital to have its own wine appellation?
The city of Vienna is unique among world capitals in that it is its own wine region. Its 1,729 acres of vineyards place Vienna in an economic context as a micro-region. However, the cultural significance of these vineyards, and the wines they make possible, are another story altogether.
Join us for an evening with Alfons Wimmer & Jodi Stern and dive deep into history, geography and present day reality of Austrian winemaking. During this event you will hear about characteristics that make our chosen wineries unique, irreplaceable, even iconic, producing wines that are unlike any others. The event will start with a reception, transition to the seminar and finish as a walk-around tasting.
Alfons is a Wine Spectator/Michelin awarded sommelier. He is Wine Director for “Amador,” a Michelin starred restaurant in Vienna owned by Fritz Wieninger. Alf also travels as emissary for Fritz’s winery. He is a great presenter, highly knowledgeable and personable.
Jodi is a National Brand Manager for Austria and Hungary at Craft + Estate, The Winebow Group. Their approach is guided by the belief that quality is the result of passion, talent, and terroir. We select only those producers whose philosophy, and willingness to push boundaries, speak through every bottle they make.
Light appetizers will be offered by City Winery Chef Michael Jeanty.
Szigeti – Gruner Veltliner Brut “Klassik”
SEMINAR + TASTING
Wieninger – Gemischter Satz 2016
Wieninger – Gemischter Satz Bisamberg 2015
Wieninger – Gemischter Satz Nussberg 2014
Wieninger – Gruner Veltliner Vienna Hills 2017
Paul Achs – Chardonnay 2016
Paul Achs – “Lust + Leben” 2015 (red blend)
Heinrich – Pinot Noir 2015
Heinrich - Saint Laurent 2013
Wieninger, a surname meaning “Man from Vienna,” is the leading wine producer in Vienna. The Wieninger winery is located on the outskirts of Vienna in the 21st district, home to many of the city’s heurigen (wine taverns) and home to the famed Bisamberg hill, where vines have been cultivated since Roman times. Fourth generation Fritz Wieninger is a champion of Gemischter Satz (pronounced Geh-mish-ter Sah-ts), a field blend and the traditional heurigen wine. He is also a member of Respekt, a certifying body for biodynamic viticulture in Austria.
About Paul Achs
Paul Achs returned to the family winery in Gols in 1991 after spending time in California where he learned to produce red wines at the highest level of quality. Achs transformed the estate from white wine production to red in the mid-1990s and was essential in the formation of several growers associations, raising the profile of wines produced in the area. Today, Achs grows 90% red grapes from 58 acres of biodynamically farmed vineyards. He is considered an expert with Blaufränkisch which represents over half of his production and is known for wines characterized by elegance and finesse. Paul Achs was awarded Falstaff’s “Winemaker of the Year” in 1994.
Gernot and Heike Heinrich founded their winery in 1990 with just one hectare and have steadily grown to 90 hectares today. Heinrich was one of the first in the region to transition from simple white wines to high-quality reds in the early 1990s, and became famous for powerful red blends such as Salzberg, Gabarinza, and Pannobile. In recent years, the focus has turned to Blaufränkisch from the nearby Leithaberg DAC, and to “Freyheit,” a line of wines produced with minimal intervention in the cellar. Heinrich converted to biodynamics in 2006 and is a member of Respekt, a certifying body for biodynamic viticulture in Austria. Heinrich today is today one of Austria’s most innovative wine producers.
Sektkellerei Szigeti (pronounced ZIG-it-ee) is a sparkling wine house located in the winemaking village of Gols in Burgenland. The company began in 1990 when brothers Norbert and Peter Szigeti took over the family business. Past generations of Szigeti produced small quantities of wine in their village in a traditional mixed agriculture system. The brothers operate Szigeti as a négociant, buying fruit from contracted growers and owning no vineyards. A broad range of wines are produced, all by méthode traditionnelle, and all made in fresh style with clear varietal expression.