Weingut Alzinger

Unterloiben, Wachau

Leo Alzinger is based in Unterloiben and is without doubt one of the true Wachau superstars.

This fine estate makes superlative single vineyard wines from premium mountain sites including Loibenberg, Steinertal, Hollerin and Liebenberg, with soil types including sandy loam and eroded primary rock.

The estate totals about 10 hectares and production is very small at just 70,000 bottles per year. Grape varieties are 60% Grüner Veltliner, 40% Riesling.

There are in fact two Leo Alzingers, father and son. Leo Senior inherited the family winery in the 1970s when they used to sell their grapes to the cooperative. In 1983, he stopped selling his fruit to them (20 years before they collapsed) and began the challenge of making his own wines, which now have a cult following! In 2000, Leo Junior joined his father and is now in charge. The third generation has a few years to go yet...Old habits die hard and Leo Senior still actively works in the vineyard and is never happier then being out tending to the maintenance of his historic drystone walls that line the terraces of their vineyards!

Whatever the generation, Leo Alzinger's wines are simply awesome. They are right up there with the very best the Wachau has to offer and deserve every bit of attention they get. The superstar status is well deserved, yet this remains a small family business embodying individuality and an unceasing quest for quality.

In a nutshell the Alzinger philosophy is to intervene as little as possible yet as much as necessary to achieve their goals making wines that truly reflect the individual characteristics of each vineyard. It may sound like a cliché but they are truly terroir expressive wines.

A mature Alzinger wine is a joy to imbibe, if somewhat hard to come by. Alzinger's wines are bottled quite late by Wachau standards, often in June or July, while the Wachau rules permit earlier release of Smaragd wines to the market on 1 May.

If you're new to Alzinger why not start with one of his Federspiel wines? Either the Riesling or Grüner Veltliner are excellent wines which will also develop complexity with age. A great way to experienece this is to buy 2 bottles of a young vintage opening one now and one for as long as your resolve holds out (but try a few years just to see how it develops!)

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  1. Steinertal 2018 Riesling Smaragd, Alzinger
    £40.96
  2. Steinertal Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2018 Alzinger
    £40.80
  3. Chardonnay Smaragd 2007, ALZINGER
    £31.20
  4. Loibenberg 2018 Riesling Smaragd, Alzinger
    £34.80
  5. Steinertal 2014 Grüner Veltliner Federspiel, Leo Alzinger
    £36.00
  6. Grüner Veltliner Reserve 2018 Alzinger Magnum
    £72.00
  7. Steinertal 2015 Grüner Veltliner Smaragd
    £46.80
  8. Steinertal 2018 Riesling Smaragd Magnum
    £84.92
  9. Steinertal Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2018 Alzinger Magnum
    £84.90
  10. Steinertal 2010 Grüner Veltliner Smaragd, Leo Alzinger
    £46.80
  11. Loibenberg 2018 Riesling Smaragd 2018, Alzinger Magnum
    £72.00
  12. Durnsteiner 2014 Riesling Federspiel , Leo Alzinger
    £25.20
  13. Loibenberg Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2018 Magnum Alzinger
    £71.58
  14. Steinertal 2015 Riesling Smaragd, Alzinger
    £46.80
  15. Dürnstein 2017 Riesling Federspiel , Leo Alzinger
    £22.20
  16. Steinertal 2017 Riesling Smaragd, Leo Alzinger
    £40.96
    Rating:
    80.0000%
  17. Dürnstein Riesling Federspiel 2018 Alzinger
    £22.20
  18. Steinertal 2017 Grüner Veltliner Smaragd, Leo Alzinger
    £40.80
  19. Riesling Smaragd Loibenberg 2017, Leo Alzinger
    £36.00
  20. Riesling Reserve 2017, Leo Alzinger
    £46.80
  21. Riesling Smaragd Hollerin
    2009
    £33.60
    2015
    £31.20
    2010
    £32.40
    2011
    £32.40
  22. Riesling Reserve
    2017
    £46.80
    2014
    £46.80
  23. Riesling Federspiel Dürnsteiner
    2014
    £25.20
    2017
    £22.20
    2018
    £22.20
    Rating:
    100.0000%
  24. Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Loibenberg
    2018
    £34.80
    2018
    £71.58
    Rating:
    93.0000%
  25. Grüner Veltliner Dürnsteiner Federspiel
    2018
    £19.20
    Rating:
    100.0000%
  26. Grüner Veltliner Reserve
    2018
    £72.00
  27. Riesling Smaragd Hohereck
    2011
    £36.00
    2009
    £36.00
  28. Riesling Smaragd Loibenberg
    2018
    £34.80
    2011
    £46.80
    2008
    £49.20
    2018
    £72.00
    2017
    £36.00
    2009
    £48.00
    2010
    £46.80
  29. Riesling Smaragd Steinertal
    2018
    £40.96
    2015
    £46.80
    2018
    £84.92
    2017
    £40.96
    Rating:
    80.0000%
  30. Dürnsteiner 2018 Grüner Veltliner Federspiel, Leo Alzinger
    £19.20
  31. Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Mühlpoint
  32. Steinertal Grüner Veltliner Smaragd/Federspiel
    2018
    £40.80
    2014
    £36.00
    2018
    £84.90
    2015
    £46.80
    2010
    £46.80
    2017
    £40.80
  33. Chardonnay Smaragd
    2009
    £31.20
    2007
    £31.20
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