Rudi Pichler is motivated to find outstanding sites that will allow him to make outstanding wine. Since his family has been producing wine in Wachau since 1731, he’s in a good place to do this. Currently the estate has 12.5 hectares of vineyards with some grower fruit too. Gruner Veltliner is the focus here with Riesling, Weissburgunder and a few other varieties too.
Source from a mixture of Valley and hillside sites as well as high-lying terraces. With spice complexity and offers pure, sophisticated drinking pleasure.
‘Steep Terraces. Noble Grapes. Monumental Wines’ says the Austrian wine website and it is hard to disagree. A UNESCO world heritage site on the Danube that is 1350 hectares dedicated to quality Riesling and Grüner Veltliner. Some of the best white wines in the world are made here.
The jewel in the crown of Austria. Grüner Veltliner wines are reminiscent of Riesling but often with more density, less overt perfume and more spice. Ages well and becomes a reasonable facsimile of old White Burgundy. Makes up around 30% of total vineyard area.
The middle of three categories for quality Wachau wines. The must weight (sugar content) has to reach a minimum level and alcohol has to sit between 11.5% and 12.5% making it a lighter fresher style.