Erich Altenriederer - Wagram
To the north west of Vienna, along the Danube and centred around the town of Tulln lies Wagram, previously known as Donauland. This is a wine-growing district of some 2,730 hectares producing wines including Grüner Veltliner, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Zweigelt and the regional speciality Roter Veltliner.
In the eastern part of the Donauland is Klosterneuberg with its imposing 900 year old monastery (which houses the largest winery in Austria), is the famous research centre and school of viticulture. A place where heaven and earth meet - and the result is wine.
Our main winemaker for Wagram is again the fantastic Waldschutz family
Erich Altenriederer’s family estate produces wine from 7.5 hectares of grapes and also a highly regarded range of fresh fruit juices from a further 8 hectares of orchards. The estate is located at Wagram/Traismauer near Krems, a small village between the Danube and the Traisen (a tributary of the Danube) which gives the Traisental its name.
In recent years, Erich has, together with his wife Sibylle and mother Angela, invested in a new modern cellar and has planted new vineyards which yield better and better quality wine as time passes. They have planted new varieties for this region such as Riesling and selected the best Grüner Veltliner clones available. We are always impressed by his Zweigelt and often his Muskateller.
Erich believes quality starts in the vineyard. Of course everyone believes that, but Erich really really believes it. I guess when you sell fruit juice for drinking, you cannot "correct" anything in a cellar, which means you learn to be obsessive in the field. This man loves fruit. It shows.
Erich spends a lot of time in the vineyards and his focus on plant and fruit health is quite extraordinary. Not to say that in the cellar he is a slouch, not at all. In the cellar Erich has the additional benefit of Elisabeth Hausgnost's sisterly advice so it all works out beautifully.