Jurtschitsch

Weingut Jurtschitsch
  • Alwin Jurtschitsch is the best young producer in Austria. In a tasting, Jurtschitsch's wines blew us away. His Rieslings from Loiserberg and Heiligenstein are penetrating, lasting, and intense. Thrilling in their edge and precision, they vibrate on the tongue and sides of the mouth. The Heiligenstein Riesling is a showstopper, but we have to call out the brilliant Grüner Veltliners at this estate, too. - Rajat Parr, Atlas of Taste

  • ...strikingly delicious, complex, and compulsively drinkable - David Schildknecht

Weingut Jurtschitsch is one of the most prominent wineries in Austria. Having previously been run by the three brothers Edwin, Paul and Karl Jurtschitsch, the family-owned winery has now been in the hands of Alwin Jurtschitsch and his wife, Stefanie Hasselbach (of Gunderloch fame in the Rheinhessen) for more than ten years.

Alwin and Stef are leaders of the natural wine movement in the Kamptal. It’s unique because they happen to have the oldest winery in the area, dating back to the sixteenth century. When Alwin and Stef started working in 2006, they insisted with Alwin’s father and uncles on converting all the vineyards to organic viticulture. In the vineyards, they are continually improving how they work: replanting more densely, using whey to treat for mildew instead of using copper sulphate, and working with new pruning methods. All the vineyards are certified organic and protecting biodiversity has always been a priority. Jurtschitsch explains that, “The more life you have in the vineyard, the more stable the entire system is.” Wild life is abundant in the Jurtschitsch vineyards, with many fruit trees, grass, garlic, wildflowers and butterflies dancing amongst the vines. 

Jurtschitsch aims for a classic style of Kamptal wines, but more like an old-style of classic, that was made by their grandparents. This means, emphasizing the cool climate of Austria and making wines with finesse that strike a balance of ripe fruit and fresh acidity. Stefanie Jurtschitsch manages the winemaking and she is making wines which let the vineyards and soils speak for themselves. They only use spontaneous fermentations and work without any additions, aside from minimal sulfur. The entry-level wines are made in stainless steel, but all the single vineyard Erste Lagen wines are aged in large oak foudres. As of 2016, they have started a second line of wines called, 'Discoveries of Langenlois' which are bottled under "Alwin und Stefanie Jurtschitsch". These wines push boundaries and allow them to play outside of the classic style, opting for skin contact, and low to no sulfur. The wines shine in multi-faceted elegance, offering drinking pleasure at highest level without being baroque and heavy. 

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DB7661-19
Organic
Rosé vom Zweigelt
2019
Zweigelt
100% Zweigelt from primary rock and loess vineyards. It's destemmed and after a short maceration period, the juice is pressed and put in... Read More

DB0698-NV
Organic
Brut Sekt Rosé
NV
Zweigelt
70% Zweigelt, 15% Pinot Noir, 15% Saint Laurent from cool vineyards. The Zweigelt has a short maceration for color and the Pinot Noir and... Read More

DB0699-19
Organic
Grüner Veltliner "Belle Naturelle"
2019
Grüner Veltliner
From terraced vineyards in Langenlois with a gneiss and granite terroir. Macerated for ten days on skins in open top red wine fermenters,... Read More

DB6102-18
Organic
Grüner Veltliner Terrassen
2018
Grüner Veltliner
The grapes for this wine comes from different vineyards around the Kamptal Valley, from primarily loess soils. The fruit is hand-harvested... Read More

DB0701-19
Organic
Grüner Veltliner Stein
2019
Grüner Veltliner
The grapes for this wine come from various mountain slopes with the Loiserberg and the Steinmassl making up the lion’s share. The goal is... Read More

DB0701-18
Organic
Grüner Veltliner Stein
2018
Grüner Veltliner
The grapes for this wine come from various mountain slopes with the Loiserberg and the Steinmassl making up the lion’s share. The goal is... Read More

DB0703-18
Organic
Grüner Veltliner Käferberg Erste Lage
2018
Grüner Veltliner
The Käferberg vineyard overlooks Langenlois and is to Gruner Veltliner what the Heiligenstein vineyard is to Riesling - world famous. The... Read More

DB0703-17
Organic
93 WA, 93 W&S
Grüner Veltliner Käferberg Erste Lage
2017
Grüner Veltliner
The Käferberg (beetle hill) vineyard is overlooking the wine town of Langenlois, and has been certified organic since 2009. The roots of... Read More

DB0871-19
Organic
Mon Blanc
2019
Blend of Gruner, Riesling, Weissburgunder, and Muskateller - all from the Loiserberg vineyard. Made in the same way as the Belle Naturelle... Read More

DB7556-19
Organic
Rose Belle Naturelle
2019
A blend of Pinot Noir, Zweigelt, and Cabernet Sauvignon; whole grapes fermented on the skins and then stored on the lees in neutral 600l... Read More

DB0702-18
Organic
Grüner Veltliner Loiserberg Erste Lage
2018
Grüner Veltliner
Loiserberg, a terraced Erste Lage (Premiere Cru classified) vineyard with a southeast exposure, is their highest and coolest vineyard site... Read More

DB0000-18
Organic
Riesling Zobinger Heiligenstein Erste Lage
2018
Riesling
Heiligenstein, the most famous vineyard in the Kamptal, is legendary for Riesling. The terraced south and southwest facing slope has a... Read More