Thermenregion - Weingut Christian Fischer - Weinhof Waldschütz
South of Vienna is the district known as Thermenregion which takes its name from ancient thermal baths (Baden is today still a spa town). The district is often compared with the Côte d'Or in France due to similar soil formation and climate.
Thermenregion is centred around the wine villages of Gumpoldskirchen, Traiskirchen, Sooß, Guntramsdorf, Tattendorf and Perchtoldsdorf. It was only created as a wine region in 1985 combining Gumpoldskirchen and Bad Vöslau.
A particularity of the region are the white wines from the indigenous Rotgipfler and Zierfandler, which give exotic wines with quince and orange aromas. Zierfandler is indeed an endangered species with just a few hundred hectares in the whole world, most of it here.
We are pleased to offer a selection of reds and these obscure but excellent whites from a handful of really good makers. Our first choice has to be Christian Fischer in Sooß is one of Austria's top red wine artists.
We occasionally offer other wines from the region, from Stift Klosterneuburg, Weingut Gebeshuber in Gumpoldskirchen, sweet wines from Harald Zierer and the Freigut at Thallern, which has been making wine since 1141.
Christian Fischer is widely regarded as one of Austria’s top red wine makers. He grows a mixture of indigenous and international grape varieties and the internationals are often cited as outstanding examples of how Austria can excel at these.
Perhaps best known within Austria is his 'Gradenthal', a blend of mainly Zweigelt with some Cabernet Sauvignon and a little Merlot.
For me it is the single variety Blauer Portugieser, Pinot Noir, St. Laurent and Zweigelt that really shine, especially the '100 Cases' no compromise wines which he makes in exceptional years.
But it's really all good at Fischer's
The Waldschütz family has vineyards in Kamptal and Wagram.
They make lovely and fresh wines, Grüner Veltliner and Riesling, but also rarer varieties, some ample Weissburgunder and very generous reds.
Their focus is on family, tradition and experience. The winery has been in its present state since 1992 and from day one they have committed themselves completely to their wines. There are 16 hectares of vineyards which are their pride and joy. Mostly on sunny slopes they are located in the two well known wine growing areas of Kamptal and Wagram.
Primary rock, sandy loam and gravely loess as well as deep loam-loess soils allow very fruity, noble wines of charming elegance. What earth and nature initiated is carefully finished by them, taking tradition and optimised wine culture in the cellar into consideration.
Anyone who came to our Austrian dinner or to the Austrian tasting could not fail to be impressed by young Ralph Waldschütz. He will be a star one day and you've met him here first!
- Thermenregion’s warm summers and dry autumns make it the mildest of the Niederosterreich regions. Easterly breezes from the warm Pannonian Plain that covers much of Hungary blow through the vineyards in the afternoon. This, coupled with relatively prolonged periods of sunshine, creates a climate that is well suited to later-ripening varieties. Soils range from sandy loam to more pebbly, stony types that hold warmth and provide good drainage.
Blauer Portugieser Classic Weingut Christian FischerA juicy delight from Fischer.
St. Laurent Classic Weingut Christian FischerOur reference for St Laurent
Pinot Noir Classic Weingut Christian FischerDelicious Austrian Pinot Noir
Cabernet Merlot Premium Weingut Christian FischerA magnificent Cabernet Merlot blend from Fischer - grab it while you can.
Merlot Premium Weingut Christian FischerStunningly good Austrian Merlot. Mature
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Zweigelt "Fasangarten" Weingut Christian FischerSingle vineyard Zweigelt, delicious summer red with minerality
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Spätrot Rotgipfler Classic Weingut Christian FischerThe classic Thermenregion blend - aromatic and fresh
Rotgipfler Premium Weingut Christian FischerRare spicy white
Gradenthal Weingut Christian Fischer
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