Annual androsace, lady orchid, and much life can be found in our vineyard. Variety instead of uniformity. Not as competition, but as an enrichment – this is how we see our herbs in the vineyards.
The vines are planted on loam, slate, mica and lime. The soil is the origin, the fermentation is the birth and the ageing in the cellar is the education of our wines. Thus we treat our soils with respect and with pride, too.
Lake Neusiedl to the east brings warmth; the Bucklige Welt to the west brings cool temperatures. The Illyrian climate sometimes sends in storms from the south. The Sopron Mountains in the north and the Kőszeg Mountains in the south provide protection.
Holistic growth and vines in harmony with nature are our goals; organic-biodynamic cultivation is our method. The biological activity of the soil (micro- and macroorganisms) brings the wine’s provenance to the glass. The need for cellar work is eliminated because everything is in balance.
At Weingut Weninger, all vineyard work is adapted to the plant with respect to the rhythm of the seasons and the moon. Protecting the natural balance in the vineyard, with the aid of biodynamic preparations and the use of homeopathic tea, enables us to harvest healthy and vibrant grapes. Horsetail and nettle are collected in the immediate surroundings of our vineyards.
Gneiss and mica schist
The Steiner site in Sopron lies at the southwestern tip of Lake Neusiedl on a gentle, eastward-facing slope. In the 1680 town chronicles this site was classified as the finest and most valuable vineyard in all of western Hungary (present-day Burgenland). The gneiss and mica schist, which are present all the way to the surface, make the soil porous and thus dry and warm.
A very distinct wine. The rocky soil absorbs heat during the day. This delivers a lot of spice as well as dark berry and herbal aromas. The tannins compete for attention on the palate.
Surrounded by eighteenth-century mulberry trees, this south-facing site lies at an elevation of 360 meters above sea level. It is located in Ritzing, making it the most westerly vineyard of Central Burgenland. Climatically it is our coolest site; the soil and the southern orientation, however, provide warmth. In former times quicklime was produced here, which accounts for the high pH levels in the soil.
A wine that challenges the palate – invigorating and youthful. A hint of bright berry fruit. The tannins of this Blaufränkisch become more delicate. They intermingle with the acidity and in this way produce a vibrating, almost electrifying finish. This combination is grippy on the palate and reminiscent of chalk dust.
In Greataunt Emma Schürmann’s little vineyard – the best site on Eisenberg – Blaufränkisch grapes have grown for 45 years on a blue and green slate substratum beneath heavily calcareous clayey loamy soil. What the land and its people bring forth on this steep southern slope has awakened the desire in us to tap these resources too.
The rocky subsoil allows good drainage. This results in freshness and bright fruit; the clay in the topsoil imparts a delicate sweetness and body. The view from the steep site adds lightness to the wine. An elegant Blaufränkisch with plenty of finesse.
A slightly southeastern-facing ridge. The site with the heaviest and deepest loamy topsoil and a very high clay content. Here is where our Blaufränkisch vines planted in 1960 grow. The soil is rich in iron, which can be seen clearly in the rust-brown patches throughout. The dense loamy layer always provides the roots with enough water. Our coolest soil.
The water in the soil gives the wine its freshness and delicate acidity. The clay imparts a round palate with an enormously long finish. Ripe berry aromas with plenty of spice. A well- balanced wine that also radiates this sense of calmness.