Erich Sattler is a small family producer based in Tadten, a small village close to the eastern shores of the Neusiedlersee and nestled right up against the Hungarian border. At this point, the strip of Austrian territory between lake and Hungary is at its narrowest.
There are currently 10 hectares on gravel and light sand soils rich in minerals. The largest part of the production is indigenous Austrian reds, 35% Zweigelt and 25% St. Laurent with a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon and some useful whites. All his wines are great, especially after 5 years, with all representing real value.
On our first visit we got lost and ended up down a dead-end dirt track with a decaying border post and watchtower at the end - remnants of the cold war paraphernalia that once cast a shadow over life here.
Erich makes some of the most pleasurable wines I know - just writing this makes me want to crack open a bottle of his Zweigelt Reserve. What is amazing is that these stunners are turned out by a relatively recent entrant to the business. Erich only took over the estate in 1999 although it has been in the family for 4 generations.