Category Archives: Blaufränkisch

Biologischer Kompost

Our way to sustainable farming, organic, biodynamic

The View From the Outside When I came back from my internship in California in 1999, I had a clear goal in mind. I was impressed by the way Americans thought big; I was disillusioned by the copies, wineries that recreated Bordeaux or Tuscany – they felt like Disneyland. Anyone who has been to one […]

VInaria Weinguide

Vinaria Weinguide 2017 / 2018

Mit Herz und Hirn widmet sich seit Jahren Franz Reinhard Weninger der Weinwirtschaft. Franz Weninger, der Altvordere, hatte betrieblich wie auch berufsethisch ein solides Fundament gesetzt, auf dem der begabte Junior heute trittsicher zu agieren versteht. Gemeinsam hatten Vater und Sohn dereinst den Gedanken der biologischen Weinwirtschaft ins Blaufränkischland getragen. Mit reichlich Esprit propagiert Franz […]

Sound of Terroir

Sound of Terroir

Musik als emotionale Kostnotiz Seine Herkunft ist ihm ins Gesicht geschrieben. Lebendig, erfrischend, sensibel, filigran und doch so deutlich mit der Erde verbunden auf der er „wächst“, wie die Sorte, die ihn so prägt. Trotzdem oder gerade deshalb begibt sich Franz Reinhard Weninger auf die Suche nach der Identität seiner Blaufränkisch Weine und findet sie in der Musik […]

reduction oxidation, expansion concentration

Reduction and oxidation in wine.

The Power of Reduction and Oxidation in Wine, for a better understanding what reductive strengt or anti-oxidative power works in wine. When we switched our soil work to organic, the thing we observed was an increase in reduction potential in our wines. It was back in vintage 2005 to 2007, when we had to learn […]

Parker review

We love the nice description of  Stephan Reinhardt. Thanks. 2013 Weninger Blaufränkisch Kalkofen 93 From calcareous Eurendsina soils, the 2013 Blaufränkisch Kalkofen is a remarkably fine red. Fermented on the skins for two weeks and aged for 20 months in 500-liter barrels, this dark-colored red offers a beautifully elegant bouquet of perfectly ripe dark berries […]

Hochäcker Boden


Loam Hochäcker is among the oldest sites in Horitschon. Its rockless, hard, and loamy substratum is interspersed with iron, which is characteristic of traditional Blaufränkisch soil. Our forty-year-old vines produce highest quality grapes every harvest. Blaufränkisch Red berry fruit, delicate forest berries, subtle notes of cherry, spices, and tobacco. Freshly structured on the palate. A […]

Kirchholz Boden


Loam and Gneiss The Kirchholz site borders directly on the Hochäcker site. Only a field path separates them, and yet on this side, the upper soil layer consisting of loam and sandy gravel can be as thick as half a meter, which enhances drainage. In its composition of clay and loam the subsoil is similar […]



Loam 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 […]

Saybritz Boden


Slate 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 […]