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The Österreichische Traditionsweingüter with two new regions...

A notable moment for the Traditionsweingüter


The winegrower’s association Österreichische Traditionsweingüter, founded in 1992 and since then occupied with the process and systemisation of vineyard classification, has just received reinforcements. Up until now, the group included a total of thirty-six wine estates in the Donauraum/Danube River Region (Traisental, Kamptal, Kremstal & Wagram). Now, two further wineproducing regions – Wien and Carnuntum – have joined the ranks to add their efforts to the classification process. With this, the number of member estates has grown with a single stroke to sixty-two.

The three chairmen: Gerhard Markowitsch (ÖTW Carnuntum), Michael Moosbrugger (ÖTW Donau) and Fritz Wieninger (ÖTW Wien)

Making the significance and the potential of exceptional vineyard sites more easily understandable…
Ten wine estates from Kamptal and Kremstal have been discussing the subject since 1990, how winegrowers can more effectively communicate the special potential of outstanding single-vineyard sites to the consumer. As a logical consequence of these discussions, in 1992 they formed a group chaired by Willi Bründlmayer, the Österreichische Traditionsweingüter. Continuing their investigations, these growers observed and evaluated their single-vineyard wines for nearly two decades. Finally in 2010, they – the number of participating estates had meanwhile grown to nearly thirty – first released their findings concerning which vineyard sites should henceforth be entitled to bear the designation Erste Lage. Overall, a total of sixty vineyards in the Danube River Region have in the meantime been designated as ÖTW.ERSTE LAGE.


A notable moment in the Hofburg Palace…
In a press conference, held under the auspices of the biennial wine festival VieVinum in Vienna, the new structure – an umbrella organisation with three regional associations – was introduced, last week.

The ÖTW now has a total of sixty-two member wine estates. The umbrella organisation of the ÖTW stands under the leadership of Michael Moosbrugger (Schloss Gobelsburg), who will also serve as chairman of the regional association Donauraum.

There is a group of six wine estates in Wien/Vienna, chaired by Fritz Wieninger, who have already in recent years laid the groundwork for their vineyard classification, and now begin the actual process with a total of twelve ÖTW.ERSTE LAGE vineyard sites among the membership.

The ÖTW regional association for Carnuntum is led by grower Gerhard Markowitsch. Here, an even twenty estates have joined the process. A scientific & geologic research programme has been underway in Carnuntum for some ten years, which will be incorporated into the process of classification. The growers of Carnuntum, though, wish to take their time with vineyard classification. This will even possibly lead to simultaneous establishment of a DAC Carnuntum, which is now in the planning stage as well.

There are currently seventy-two vineyards (sixty in the Danube Region and twelve in Vienna) classified as ÖTW.ERSTE LAGE. The work in determining which sites should be recognised as GROSSE LAGE will require a bit of time yet, imagining results in this regard to manifest themselves during the next ten years.

A notable moment in Vienna’s Hofburg Palace: members of the press, sommeliers and wine merchants from all over the world took part in the conference with the Österreichische Traditionsweingüter.

Pioneers, not ‘elites’…
Michael Moosbrugger explains: ‘Our goal is, that the classification of vineyards sites – in Austrian German the word is “Ried”, plural “Rieden” – will acquire legal status over the intermediate term’. With this, the classifications would not just be the private statutory affair of the winegrowers’ associations but become legally defined cadastral categories, which would apply to all wine-producing estates in Austria.
Thus the Traditionsweingüter regard themselves not as an elite club, but far more as the pioneering band of researchers, investigating and collecting data that will offer fundamental benefits for the entire community of Austrian winegrowers.

Österreichische Traditionsweingüter Logo Erste Lagen
Logo of Österreichische Traditionsweingüter (ÖTW)

Members of Österreichische Traditionsweingüter (ÖTW)

Regionalverein Donau
1 Weingut Allram
2 Weingut Brandl
3 Weingut Bründlmayer
4 Weingut Buchegger
5 Weingut Dolle
6 Weingut Ludwig Ehn
7 Weingut Eichinger
8 Weinberghof Fritsch
9 Bio-Weingut Geyerhof
10 Weingut Hiedler
11 Weingut Hirsch
12 Weingut Markus Huber
13 Weingut Jurtschitsch
14 Weingut Leindl
15 Weingut Leth
16 Weingut Fred Loimer
17 Weingut Malat
18 Weingut Mantlerhof
19 Weingut Hermann Moser
20 Weingut Sepp Moser
21 Weingut Ludwig Neumayer
22 Weingut Nigl
23 Weingut Bernhard Ott
24 Weingut Franz und Andrea Proidl
25 Weingut Salomon Undhof
26 Weingut Schloss Gobelsburg
27 Weingut Josef Schmid
28 Weingut Stadt Krems
29 Weingut Steininger
30 Weingut Stift Göttweig
31 Weingut Thiery-Weber
32 Weingut Johann Topf
33 Weingut Türk
34 Weingut Petra Unger
35 Weingut Wess
36 Weingut Weszeli

Regionalverein Wien
37 Weingut Christ
38 Weingut Wien Cobenzl
39 Weingut Edlmoser
40 Weingut Fuhrgassl-Huber
41 Weingut Mayer am Pfarrplatz
42 Weingut Fritz Wieninger

Regionalverein Carnuntum
43 Weingut Michael Auer
44 Weingut Fam. Artner
45 Weingut Johann Böheim
46 Weinbau Christian Dietrich
47 Weinkeller Walter Glatzer
48 Weinbau Günther Glock
49 Weingut Gottschuly-Grassl
50 Weingut Philipp Grassl
51 Weingut Lukas Markowitsch
52 Weingut Gerhard Markowitsch
53 Weingut Muhr-van der Niepoort
54 Weingut Franz und Christine Netzl
55 Weingut Martin Netzl
56 Weingut Franz Oppelmayer
57 Weingut Robert Payr
58 Weingut Franz Taferner
59 Weingut Johannes Trapl
60 Weinbau Horst u. Irene Pelzmann
61 Weingut Gerhard Pimpel
62 Weinkellerei Hans Pitnauer

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