Erich Altenriederer - Burgenland
Just an hour’s drive away from Vienna Burgenland offers wide open spaces, idyllic rolling hills and vineyards, a paradise for water sports, a unique nature preserve near Lake Neusiedl as well as imposing fortresses and castles.
With Eisenstadt as its capital, Austria’s easternmost province is also the country’s smallest in terms of population. Burgenland borders on Hungary, Slovenia and Slovakia, incorporating many elements of these countries’ cultures into a rich and diverse cultural life.
A country with outstanding wines & breathtaking winery architecture.
Home of the world famous music composers Joseph Haydn & Franz Liszt.
A habitat of about 340 different species of birds and a paradise for birdwatchers.
Austria‘s flattest holiday region with more than 2.500 kilometres of bicycle paths.
The sunny side of Austria with 300 days of sunshine each year!
One of the most amazing places on earth for sweet Botrytis affected wine.
The specific wine regions of Eisenberg and Leithaberg have now been split off from "Burgenland" proper with their own DAC, but from a cultural and touristic view they remain Burgenland.
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.