Wachter-Wiesler

  • “The stage was set for a winemaking revolution. It began with the move away from new oak for ageing and towards lower alcohol levels (12.5% is now typical and 12% quite common for regular Eisenberg DAC wines) pioneered by the then almost absurdly young Christoph Wachter of the Wachter-Wiesler winery in Deutsch Schützen. For him, this was all about letting the floral (violets and lilac), black fruit (elderberry and sour cherry) and spicy aromas (black pepper and clove) from the grape shine, and allowing the dry tannins and bright acidity of the grape to speak clearly rather than being smothered by flavors extracted from new oak barrels.”

    –Stuart Pigott, JamesSuckling.com

Christoph Wachter began working at his family winery in 2008 when he was just 20 years old. He took over full responsibility in 2010, and now farms 14 hectares of vineyards in Südburgenland, in the towns of Eisenberg and Deutsch Schützen.
The biggest difference between Burgenland and Südburgenland is the soil. In Mittelburgenland, the area was under the ancient Pannonian sea and the soil is mostly limestone. In Südburgenland, the vines grow in primary rock, and the most prized terroir is the green schist of the Eisenberg hill, regarded as one of the finest sites for producing Blaufränkisch in Austria, producing wines of great finesse and focus. The Eisenberg DAC was extended to include wines from the surrounding villages, including Deutsch-Schutzen, where you find iron rich loam. Deutsch-Schützen’s soils, while similar, are denser with a deeper layer of loam, resulting in darker spicier wines with softer tannins. Südburgenland is cooler than Mittelburgenland and there are rolling hillsides, small mountains really, called the pre-Alps, topped with forest; this regulates the temperature, another aspect of the micro-climate of Südburgenland. Harvest here tends to start two weeks after Mittelburgenland.
When Christoph started in 2010, he stopped using herbicides and pesticides entirely. Today, Christoph is one of only three producers in Südburgenland who is farming organically. He allows the weeds to grow in his vineyards, as they attract beneficial insects and eventually return to the soil as nutrients themselves. Rather than add fertilizer, he leaves the vines to extract what they need from the soil itself, thus instilling the wines with minerality and allowing them to express their unique terroir.
Only native yeasts are used in the cellar. Christoph uses upwards of 20-30% whole-cluster, and ages in large barrels that allow the wines to mature gracefully without obscuring them with oak flavors. The resulting wines are incredibly elegant, expressive, superlative expressions of Blaufränkisch that should age well, though they are drinking well right now. We are excited by the Wachter-Wiesler wines with each new vintage release.  The Wachter-Wiesler wines always have a characteristic silky texture, floral aromatics and elegance: truly Blaufränkisch at its finest.

Image PRODUCT Description Country / Region Region Materials

DB2041-15
Organic
Blaufränkisch Eisenberg Ried Ratschen
2015
Blaufränkisch
A very special single vineyard of 50 year old vines with a sandy clay top soil and sand and gravel in the subsoil. Aged for 24 months in 2,... Read More
Austria Südburgenland

DB1352-15
Organic
Blaufränkisch Eisenberg "Béla Jóska"
2015
Blaufränkisch
The winery named this Blaufränkisch after family fathers Béla Wachter and Jóska Wiesler; the fruit is from each family's vineyards in... Read More
Austria Südburgenland

DB1353-15
Organic
Blaufränkisch Eisenberg Ried Weinberg
2015
Blaufränkisch
Eisenberg DAC Reserve. Out of a total 30 hectares in this vineyard Wachter-Wiesler farms 5, at an elevation ranging from 250-300 metres... Read More
Austria Südburgenland

DB1351-15
Organic
Blaufränkisch
2015
Blaufränkisch
The grapes for this wine come from the somewhat younger vines (5-15 years old) that grow in Deutsch Schützen, Eisenberg and Hannersberg.... Read More
Austria Südburgenland

DB1353-14
Organic
Blaufränkisch Eisenberg Ried Weinberg
2014
Blaufränkisch
Eisenberg DAC Reserve. Out of a total of the 30 hectares in this vineyard Wachter-Wiesler farms 5, at an elevation ranging from 250-300... Read More
Austria Südburgenland