Jurtschitsch

Weingut Jurtschitsch

Over the past generation, Weingut Jurtschitsch has become 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 passed on to the younger generation, Alwin Jurtschitsch and his wife, Stefanie Hasselbach (of Gunderloch fame in the Rheinhessen).

Alwin and Stef are leaders in the natural wine movement in the Kamptal. It’s a unique story because they happen to have the oldest winery in the area, dating back to the sisteenth century. When Alwin and Stef started working at the winery in 2006, they insisted with Alwin’s father and uncles on converting all the vineyards to organic viticulture. In the vineyards, they they are continually trying to improve how they work: they are replanting more densely, and one current trial is using whey exclusively in certain vineyards to treat for mildew instead of using copper sulphate, and they are also working with new pruning methods. All the vineyards are certified organic and protecting biodiversity has always been a priority. Jurtschitsch explained to us this summer, “The more life you have in the vineyard, the more stable the entire system is.” In their vineyards, you find fruit trees, grass, garlic, wildflowers and butterflies.

In February 2016, David Schildknecht described the Jurtschitsch wines as “strikingly delicious, complex, and compulsively drinkable.” Jurtschitsch is going for a classic style of Kamptal wines, but more like an old-style of classic. 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.

The wines shine in multi-faceted elegance, offering drinking pleasure at highest level without being baroque and heavy. The renowned Gault Millau wine guide most recently called the Jurtschitsch winery “the most exciting one in Langenlois at present”!

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DB0698-NV
Biodynamic
Brut Sekt Rosé
NV
Zweigelt
70% Zweigelt, 15% Pinot Noir, 15% Saint Laurent from cool vineyards. Aged for two and a half years on the lees in the bottle. Disgorged in... Read More

DB0699-18
Organic
Gruner Veltliner "Belle Naturelle"
2018
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

DB0701-18
Organic
Grüner Veltliner Stein
2018
Grüner Veltliner
The Stein is the so-called entry level of all of their terroir efforts: a prelude to their series of single-vineyard wines. The grapes for... Read More

DB0703-17
Organic
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

DB0702-17
Organic
Grüner Veltliner Loiserberg Erste Lage
2017
Grüner Veltliner
Loiserberg, a terraced Erste Lage (Premiere Cru classified) vineyard with a southeast exposure, is their highest and coolest vineyard site... Read More

DB0000-17
Organic
Riesling Zobinger Heiligenstein Erste Lage
2017
Riesling
The Heiligenstein is legendary for its Rieslings – and justifiably so! Its unusual geological formation offers the best preconditions for... Read More