Austria

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $41.99

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $54.99

Arndorfer 2012 Roter Veltliner Von den Terrassen 1979

100% Roter Veltliner planted in 1979 near the top of Gaisberg (Zöbing side). Known more for being a top site for growing Riesling than Roter Veltliner, Martin and Anna Arndorfer purchased this vineyard in 2010 (after being warned not to do so by relatives). The primary rock up there (300+ meters, south facing) is predominately Gfohler Gneiss along with Mica-Schist. Both 2012 and 2013 had very similar vinifications: few hours of maceration, aged in a mix of oak and stainless steel, with ten months on the lees and no fining. 2012 was the first vintage of this wine, boasting a beautiful, aromatic nose of brown butter and rich toffee with golden apple and citron. On the palate the wine has an opulent texture, rich and soft, with notes of candied citron, ginger, pear, yellow apple,  and salted caramel. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $61.99

Arndorfer 2013 Roter Veltliner Von den Terrassen 1979

100% Roter Veltliner planted in 1979 near the top of Gaisberg (Zöbing side). Known more for being a top site for growing Riesling than Roter Veltliner, Martin and Anna Arndorfer purchased this vineyard in 2010 (after being warned not to do so by relatives). The primary rock up there (300+ meters, south facing) is predominately Gfohler Gneiss along with Mica-Schist. Both 2012 and 2013 had very similar vinifications: few hours of maceration, aged in a mix of oak and stainless steel, with ten months on the lees and no fining. We are very lucky to have two different vintages to choose from, ultimately showcasing the influence of the vintage. Reflecting some similar development on the nose as the 2012 (salted toffee/brown butter), there is also a brighter note of Seville orange zest, and the palate reveals a higher acidity, with tangy orange/lemon oil, and brighter vegetal tones alongside the pear and apple fruit. Not austere by any means, but the 2013 does come off as stonier and edgier than the 2012. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $60.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $349.99

Fuchs und Hase 2015 Niederösterreich Pet Nat Vol. 1

Fuchs und Hase is a collaboration between Alwin & Stefanie Jurtschitsch and Martin & Anna Arndorfer in the Kamptal. Each vintage they make a series of "Volumes", always Pét Nats, with no filtering or fining. The grapes are picked together and co-ferment as well. Each Volume is a different blend: 2015's Volume 1 is mostly Müller-Thurgau, with some Grüner Veltliner and Muskateller. The nose is delicate with notes of apple blossom and anise. Savory tones of oxidized apple core balance out the tropical tang of starfruit and green strawberry, making for a wine that is a touch more fruit forward than Volume 2. Tasted again in January, this wine is in a great place, showing more freshness with a vibrancy of mixed citrus zests and less tones of oxidation. Cari Bernard

  • white sparkling
  • 13 in stock
  • no discount
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Gut Oggau 2015 Burgenland Emmeram

Eduard and Stephanie Tscheppe are making a 'family' of wines in Burgenland, Austria. Emmeram is 100% Gewurtztraminer grown biodynamically on a mix of limestone and sand. Grapes are hand harvested and ferment in large, used oak barrels. The élevage is also in used oak (500 L barrels), and like their other wines, there is no batonnage, no fining or filtration, and no added sulfur. This vintage of Emmeram finished fermenting with a touch of residual sugar, which lends a balance and textural richness to the piquant, young ginger and white pepper spice along with flavors of ripe pineapple and juicy pears. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $61.99

  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Hager, Matthias 2013 Kamptal Zweigelt Eiswein

Biodynamic. Zweigelt. Eiswein. Under $40. Matthias Hager works 12.5 hectares of vines in the Kamptal (Demeter certified since 2010). The vines for the eiswein are 25 years old on average, grown on a mix of clay and stone soils. The harvest for the 2013 vintage started one night in November and then a spike in warm weather that morning meant they would have to wait until ideal conditions returned in January. Frozen grapes go directly to press, the juice ferments with native yeasts, and ages for one year in neutral oak. On the nose comes the sharp notes of botrytis: saffron, marmalade candy, ripe mango with a piquant intensity. The palate has a distinctive broad texture and richness balanced by intense acidity bolstering the vibrant flavors of raspberry, honey, and citron with a whisper of graphite and flower stems. A unique eiswein to sip with assorted cheeses and fruit- or chocolate-based desserts. Cari Bernard

  • rosé sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Biodynamic

Harm 2015 Wachau Grüner Veltliner Fio

Maria and Andreas Harm have around ten hectares spread between Kremstal and Wachau, with their 500-year-old cellar located on the Kremstal side. Andreas had been an organic viticulture consultant to other estates across Austria and was vineyard manager for his family estate when he and Maria were offered the chance to lease some choice vineyard parcels on Kellerberg and Hollerin in 2010. This was their chance to branch out into their own projects, the cellar came later in 2014. A contrast to the neighboring plots in the region, the Harm vineyards are home to a bevy of plants, animals, and insects thriving together. The 'FIO' stands for four-in-one: Grüner Veltliner from vines aging 10-30 years, from four different vineyards. The wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel, with lees contact until bottling. Rich and spicy young ginger takes the forefront, with juicy apple and pear, white flowers and lemon zest. A sprightly Grüner to pair with crisp snap pea salads, steamed artichokes, fresh soft cheeses, grilled flaky fish. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $26.99

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $57.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $57.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 35 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic

Jurtschitsch NV (b 13) Kamptal Brut Sekt Rosé

Weingut Jurtschitsch is the oldest winery (est. 16th century) in the Kamptal region of Austria and has been in the family since 1868. Vineyards were converted to organic farming in 2006 and all 60 hectares have been certified organic since 2009. The Brut Sekt Rosé is mostly Zweigelt with the balance made up of Pinot Noir and Sankt Laurent, from cooler vineyard sites with calcareous soils. The wine spends 2 1/2 years on the lees and receives 7 g/L dosage. Light, antique pink in the glass, the nose is fragrant with roses, blueberries, and raspberries. On the palate juicy red berries mingle with stony and salty minerality. Cari Bernard

  • rosé sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Meinklang 2013 Burgenland Graupert Zweigelt

The Zweigelt from Angela & Werner’s “Graupert” series – wines made from vines that are left to grow totally wild without pruning or trellising – is an absolutely unique expression of the grape. These vines produce fewer bunches of thicker-skinned, smaller, and more concentrated grapes, which combined with an indigenous yeast fermentation and no fining, filtering, or added sulfites give a totally pure expression of terroir. The palate is sapid with dark fruit and umami notes: plump cherries, sweet black-skinned plums, tamari, stewed tomatoes, freshly-cracked black pepper, and damp, loamy soil. On the fuller side of medium-bodied, this vibrant and complex natural wine would pair beautifully with braised lamb or beef stew, tuna, or an aged Gouda or cheddar. Karina Mackow

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Meinklang 2013 Burgenland Konkret Rot

This is 100% Sankt-Laurent, and after fermentation and maturation in 900L concrete eggs for a full year, it is also the darkest and most concentrated of the three Meinklang wines we carry. To point out that a wine is fermented and aged in concrete eggs is no empty showmanship of hipster wine-speak: it is a method that allows tiny, controlled amounts of oxygen to slowly seep in through minute pores and develop a wine without introducing any external flavors. What this interaction does do is give a subtle, entrancing quality of texture and allows for a clear expression of minerality. Deeply purple in color, the palate is supple with blackberry and black cherry fruits grounded by a cool backbone of wet stone and chalk. The nose is floral, fruity, and very pure. This would be a great red pairing for Mediterranean feasts, chicken liver pâté, sweetbreads, and rillettes of any kind. Karina Mackow

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Biodynamic

Ott, Bernhard 2015 Gemischter Satz

This is the first Gemischter Satz from Bernhard Ott: a field blend of Welshriesling, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc from newly acquired vineyard plots. Harvested together, carbonically macerated, and aged in stainless steel together, they form a chorus of vibrant, refreshing acidity, great tension and texture, with floral notes on both nose and palate, along with white cherry fruit, brisk minerality, and a touch of the savory. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $54.99

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $64.99

Preisinger, Claus 2015 Burgenland Kalkundkiesel White

Claus Preisinger's first vintage was in in early 2000s, after stints working in California as well as with Hans and Anita Nittnaus in Burgenland, where his vineyards are also located. His 19 hectares of vineyards have been Demeter certified Biodynamic since 2010. The Kalkundkiesel white is a blend of approximately 50% Weissburgunder, 30% Gruner Veltliner, and 20% Chardonnay, from different vineyards grown on chalk/limestone (kalk) and pebbles (kiesel). The grapes can spend up to eight months on the skins, but for this vintage is was closer to four to six. The wine then spends 14 months in neutral, small barrels (a mix of French and Austrian oak), before being bottled with no added sulfur. This is not your normal orange wine: incredibly clean and soft, the palate has complexity, but not the tannic texture one often expects on a white wine with months of skin contact. Savory notes mix with yellow apple and peaches on the nose, the wine has rich flavors of saffron, yellow apple, and fresh green pear with a floral overtone. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Preisinger, Claus 2015 Burgenland Puszta Libre!

Unusually slender for a red wine bottle, the Puszta Libre! bottle shape takes its inspiration from vintage soda bottles, a cheeky nod to how chuggable this wine is; and if that's not enough we are also instructed by the label to 'drink cold'! Mostly Zweigelt with Sankt Laurent fermented in stainless steel and aged in large (600L to 1000L) used oak barrels; fans of refreshing Loire reds, take notice! A touch funky upon first opening, there are black raspberries and dark, ripe plums that take hold shortly thereafter. The palate is juicy with tart red plums, blackberries, green herbs, and delicate tannins on the finish. A delightful option to sip with this slightly warming weather and on into the Summer! Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Biodynamic

Schiefer, Uwe 2013 Südburgenland Blaufränkisch "E" Eisenberg

Uwe Schiefer organically farms 14 hectares in the Südburgenland region of Austria, with a goal of moving to full biodynamics in the coming years. The ‘E’ is Blaufränkisch (vines average 15 years of age) sourced from a 6 ha plot on the steep slopes of the Eisenberg, with mixed soils of slate, clay, ferrous loam, and quartz. Blaufränkisch grown here often has a distinct level of minerality and acidity, making for fresh, food-friendly wines that also are incredibly terroir-expressive. The nose is rich and dark, with notes of black pepper and black plum skin mixed with stewed blackberries, cassis, brown sugar, and uplifted by aromas of mint, lavender, and eucalyptus. Medium-bodied on the palate, smooth and rich with flavors of blueberry compote, black raspberries, and black tea, with a touch of well-integrated tannins and bright acidity. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • rosé
  • 51 in stock
  • $15.99

Stadlmann 2015 Thermenregion Pinot Noir Classic

The Stadlmann family has been making wine since the 1780s in the Thermenregion; sheltered from the northern winds by the Vienna Woods, it is one of Austria's warmest wine growing areas. The 'Classic' line of wines are aged in large, used barrels to showcase the true character of the grape and terroir. 2015 is darker on the nose than 2013, with notes of cherry cola, black cherries, and red flowers. The palate is smooth and juicy with bright flavors of tart yet candied red cherries. A wonderful wine to have with a wide range of food! Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 38 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic

Stagard 2014 Riesling Handwerk

Made in the same method as the Grüner Veltliner, with 12 hours of maceration with the stems followed by spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel tank. White peach, black plum, and Valencia orange. Moderate viscosity but held in place with bright acids that enhance the terrific mineral detail. 6 g/liter residual sugar and 7 g/liter acidity. Extremely delicious example of the purity and balance that can be found in Austrian Riesling. Jonathan Kemp

  • white
  • 31 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic

Stagard 2015 Grüner Veltliner Handwerk

The Stagard 2015 Handwerk is a wine that shows the serious side of Grüner at a great price point. The nose is fragrant with white and yellow florals, leading notes of yellow peaches and Cara Cara oranges with just a whiff of white pepper. The palate is vibrant with juicy orange and stone fruit giving way to white pepper and a strong mineral character. Full-bodied but balanced by bright acidity, it would pair well with herbed chicken, grilled shrimp, or a board of soft cheeses. Andy Paynter

  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic