2017 Weingut Hirsch Hirschvergnugen Gruner Veltliner


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WHITE ROSE! Feminine and beautiful, it quite literally smells like a spring day. Light and smooth on the palate with a long and refreshing finish. This is one of Margaux’s (co-founder of ARGAUX) favorite wines, it’s her go-to with sushi.

Organic and Biodynamic Farming Practices. 

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Weingut Hirsch

Weingut Hirsch | Kamptal, Austria

Weingut Hirsch is a Biodynamic estate in Kammern, a town in the Kamptal region of Austria. The estate’s roots in Kammern date to the 16th century when their house was built (the Hirsch family assumed ownership of this farmstead in  1878). It is now owned and operated by fifth generation, Johannes Hirsch. The family motto has always been, “If you’re certain of the path you’ve chosen, you can’t allow yourself to be irritated by the gossip or the fearfulness of others.” This explains the development of the Hirsch Estate, from a farm into one of the leading wine estates in the Kamptal and establishment of Respekt in 2006. Respekt is a new biodynamic certification started as an alternative to Demeter and Johannes father was one of the founding members.

Time is a factor that deserves special attention. We refuse to go ‘with the times’ – in order to give our wines all the time that they need. We were the first to adopt the practice of bottling premium-quality single vineyard wines with screw cap closures. Since then we’ve been considered pioneers and ‘modernists’.

That being said, as far as our wine production philosophy is concerned, we are actually quite conservative. Despite the state-of-the-art technology, we put our money on the quality-supportive practices with which great wines have been made for centuries – grapes harvested by hand in small containers, gentle cellar work such as whole-berry pressing, spontaneous fermentation and extended lees-contact, followed by a late bottling. So our single vineyard wines are always bottled in July of the year following the vintage; they go on sale well rested in September.

For decades now, Josef and Johannes Hirsch have operated the estate according to a personal creed: To work together with nature, and not against.

We have been using compost as a natural fertiliser since 1978. This compost comes from right in our own neighbourhood, from long-time friend and comrade Robert Paget. Paget’s goats and buffaloes not only provide the cheese factory with outstanding milk, but also ‘produce’ splendid fertiliser for the Hirsch vineyards. All of our vineyards today are cultivated biodynamically, according the guidelines of respekt – BIODYN.

Greater vine density in planting, meticulous management of the foliage canopy and stringent crop reduction are essential aspects of conscientious vineyard care. In 2013 we made our transition to the gentle pruning methods practised by Simonit & Sirch.

“I feel a deep love for this region and its soils. I couldn’t make wine anywhere else in the world, because my wines are defined by their sense of origin, and draw their character from the soil. These are wines for sophisticated connoisseurs, for patient devotees who will give a wine the time it needs to blossom.“ – Johannes Hirsch

Grüner Veltliner

The most important grape of Austria, Grüner Veltliner can be made in a myriad of styles.  These fruity, herbaceous, and peppery wines give a mouth-watering acidity making them ultra charming and delightful. A very versatile food wine, Grüner Veltliner can be enjoyed throughout your meal or while lounging on your porch as a spring sipper. Drink while the bloom of youth is still on it!

Niederösterreich, Austria

Niederosterreich, AKA Lower Austria, has a vast diversity and expansive lands producing an abundance of ranging wine styles and variety. It is Austria’s largest wine region. Home to the famous Austrian grape varietal, Grüner Veltliner, as well as others including Zweigelt, Riesling, and Welschriesling. Within this large area, there are eight specified smaller wine-growing regions such as Wachau, Kremstal, and Kamptal, who are consistently producing high quality wines.

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