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Details for Wachter-Wiesler, 'Béla-Jóska' Blaufränkisch

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This largely flat southeastern corner of Austria, on the border with Hungary, is known for serious reds and sweet whites.
The sweet whites come from the northern portion - the Neusiedlersee - which is named after the large shallow lake which dominates it. Mists from the lake encourage the growth of noble rot, shrivelling the grapes and allowing the production of luscious sweet wines such as the famed Ausbruch from the village of Rust. A wide variety of white grapes are grown here: Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), Traminer, Scheurebe, Chardonnay, and Welschriesling. Some rich spicy reds are also produced.
Further west, in the foothills of the Leitha hills, lies the Leithaberg DAC which known for its fruity, spicy red blends based on Blaufränkisch.
South of Leithaberg, the Mittelburgenland experiences hot summers and is the heartland for Austria’s reds, produced from the local varieties Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent, as well as Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. The Blaufränkisch wines now have their own DAC, created in 2005.
Further south still, in Südburgenland, the terrain becomes hillier and the climate slightly cooler. Some white Welschriesling and Weissburgunder is produced, but this is still largely red wine country, dominated by the Blaufränkisch-only Eisenberg DAC. This is centred around the village of Deutsch-Schützen on the slopes of the Eisenberg hill.


Wachter-Wiesler is a family-owned winery formed by the marriage of two winemaking families from the village of Deutsch-Schützen, heart of the Eisenberg wine region. Gerda Wachter married Josef Wiesler, so when in 1999 Josef chose to pursue a career outside the family business it seemed natural that he should lease his vineyards to his brother-in-law Franz Wachter, forming Wachter-Wiesler.
Franz's son Christophe is now the winemaker, having graduated from the renowned Klosterneuberg Institute of Viticulture in 2008. Since then he has been taking over, step by step, the responsibilities of running the wine estate. He believes in minimal intervention to let the wines speak of their terroir, and has been converting the vineyards to organic cultivation.
As well as a range of Blaufränkisch wines under the Eisenberg DAC, Wachter-Wiesler also produce white Welschriesling and Weissburgunder, red Zweigelt, and, more recently, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

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