Top winemakers at Wein am Berg 2023
THE BEST OF 20 YEARS
We are pleased to announce that the following winemakers have confirmed their participation. Additional wine estates will be announced shortly.
Guest wine makers at Wein am Berg
THE BEST FROM SWITZERLAND, FRANCE, GERMANY, ITALY, BELGIUM & SPAIN
FLÄSCH | SWITZERLAND
Wine estate Gantenbein
Martha and Daniel Gantenbein founded their winery in Fläsch in 1982. Fläsch is located in the region of Graubünden in Switzerland. They cultivate 6 hectares of vines. 4.1 hectares of these are planted with Pinot Noir, 1.7 hectares with Chardonnay and 20 acres with Riesling. The Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays are vinified in French barrels and bottled after 14 months. The Riesling is aged exclusively in steel tanks and also bottled after 14 months. The marc and the wine yeast are distilled in the own distillery and then aged in barriques for at least 15 years.
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BESAZIO | SWITZERLAND
Wine estate Castello Luigi
The Castello Luigi wine estate is located in Besazio, Ticino and is known for its excellent wines. The owner Luigi Zanini has turned the estate into a magnificent castle, which is recognised as unique in the Swiss landscape. With his philosophy of producing outstanding wines, Zanini has gained great recognition both inside and outside Switzerland. On an area of two hectares, mainly red grape sorts are cultivated, including Merlot ,Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, while Chardonnay makes up only a small part of the cultivated area.
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MAREUIL-SUR-AŸ | FRANCE
The champagne house Billecart-Salmon was founded in 1818 and represents tradition, which is understood as a commitment to quality. Today, Mathieu Roland-Billecart is the 7th generation to lead the company since its foundation and still focuses on the three essential points of the winemaker’s philosophy: finesse, balance and elegance. This is exactly how the champagnes are still designed today and spread a particularly fine drinking experience! Experts love them, connoisseurs adore them and those who are interested can’t get away from them…
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RHEINGAU | GERMANY
Wine estate Künstler
All-natural wines, hand-picked grapes of the highest quality, and a passion for wine that is second to none: these are the ingredients for complete indulgence with a distinct character. Gunter Künstler was not only honored as Winemaker of the Year for Region Rheingau in 2022 by Vinum magazine but also named Riesling Champion 2022.
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OBERHAUSEN I NAHE I GERMANY
Wine estate Dönnhoff
This wine estate has been among the crème de la crème of top German winegrowers with its excellent international reputation for over 200 years. With his saying of ‘My vineyards are like my children‘, Helmut Dönnhoff highlights the commitment and values with which he celebrates his work in the vineyards every single day. The wines by Helmut und Cornelius Dönnhoff regularly receive the highest accolades!
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MÖLTEN | SOUTH TYROL | ITALY
Europe’s highest sparkling wine cellar is located in Mölten in South Tyrol: ARUNDA produces 130,000 bottles a year using the classic method at 1,200 metres above sea level. The ARUNDA family works closely with winegrowers at various altitudes who cultivate classic grape varieties such as Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The different sites produce the raw wines, which are assembled as high-quality sparkling wines in various cuvées. Wolfgang Tratter, long-time cellar master and oenologist at the St. Pauls Winery as well as a well-known face of our PINO 3000, was appointed as the new managing director of ARUNDA at the turn of the year and will continue to develop the sparkling wine winery with his ideas and experience.
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ALBA | LANGHE | ITALIEN
Wine estate Prunotto
The Prunotto estate is located in Alba, the most important city in the Langhe area. Alba’s surrounding landscapes are captivating. The natural beauty of the gently rolling hills alternate with small sloping valleys covered by rows of meticulously cultivated vineyards. The Antinori family, charmed by such rich natural beauty, unique vineyards and soils, decided to invest time and energy in this terroir confident that their efforts would make Prunotto what it is today, one of the most important winemaking estates in the Piedmont region.
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MAREMMA | ITALY
Wine estate Tenuta Guado al Tasso
Tenuta Guado al Tasso is located in the small prestigious Bolgheri DOC appellation, enclosed between the gentle hills of the Bolgheri amphitheater and the sea on the upper coast of Maremma. The production philosophy of Tenuta Guado al Tasso has always been oriented towards the interpretation of this unique terroir. This austere and at the same time sweet territory, gives life to wines of great character, elegance and complexity.
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MAREMMA | ITALY
Wine estate Le Mortelle
Le Mortelle estate is in the heart of Maremma in Tuscany. Since 1999, when the property was acquired, the family has dedicated their efforts to improving the vineyards and building the new winery with the firm belief that this area, slowly emerging on the Italian viticultural horizon, has great potential for the production of high quality wines. Varieties grown in this area can fully express their own characteristics as well as the exceptional qualities of the terroir. The property extends over an area of 270 ha of which 170 ha are planted with vineyards.
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CATALONIA | SPAIN
Wine estate Vall Llach
Celler Vall Llach was founded in 1996 by the famous Catalan singer-songwriter Lluís Llach and his friend Enric Costa. About 44 hectares were planted with old vineyards up to 100 years old, mostly Cariñena and Garnacha. They are located on steep vineyards, which require the winegrowers to work exclusively by hand and with a lot of physical strength. Yields are extremely low, so each grape bursts with color and flavor. New additions include some Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Viognier. In viticulture, quality-conscious owners rely on integrated production and manage their vineyards according to organic guidelines. Since 2012, Enric Costa’s son Albert has been vinifying the exceptional terroir wines among the top wines in Spain.
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PAJOTTENLAND I FLÄMISCH-BRABANT I BELGIUM
The Belgian winegrowing domain Dappersveld-Woestijn is located west-southwest of Brussels in the region of Pajottenland. The two winegrowers Eric Geyssens and Sam Dehandschutter have pooled their shared passion for wine, and work together on two different terroirs. With much enthusiasm, the two winegrowers strive for a high level of sustainability in the respective vineyards as well as in the preparation and processing of the wines. The vineyard’s most popular grape varieties are Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris and planted on 6 hectares surface.
Sam and Eric have put their focus on making high quality sparkling wines under the name BRUUT. Fine Belgian Bubbles!
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The best wines from Austria
THE AUSTRIAN WINE ELITE AS GUESTS IN SÖLDEN
LANGENLOIS I KAMPTAL I AUSTRIA
Wine estate Bründlmayer
The multi award-winning Bründlmayer Winery is located in the south-east Waldviertel area in Lower Austria, at the lower end of Kamptal and inspires wine connoisseurs from across the globe with the best quality Austrian wine. Willi Bründlmayer manages the 80 hectare vineyard together with son Vincent, Thomas Klinger and Andres Wickhoff, with a great deal awareness of the concept of sustainability. It is not without reason that the vineyard has received the “Winery of the Year“ (Wine & Spirits, USA) award 6 times. Willi Bründlmayer was also t he first ‘Winegrower of the Year’ listed by Falstaff Magazine.
WINE ESTATE BRÜNDLMAYER
SPITZ I WACHAU I AUSTRIA
Wine estate Franz Hirtzberger
Franz and Irmgard Hirtzberger today manage the Austrian quality vineyard Franz Hirtzberger together with their family in the fifth generation. The long-standing vineyard is located in the universally known Wachau winegrowing area in Lower Austria and has achieved considerable success globally. On cropland of 25 hectares, the Hirtzberger family produces top-class wines which are causing quite a stir. Their wines repeatedly achieve top-ratings and countless awards. The terraced vineyards Singerriedel lead the way, which yield a fabulous Riesling and are known among wine lovers as a flagship for best quality.
WINE ESTATE FRANZ HIRTZBERGER
FEUERSBRUNN | WAGRAM | AUSTRIA
Wine estate Bernhard Ott
If you want terroir, which fundamentally shapes the wine and its taste, you must do without intervention. This is mostly a matter of trust: in one’s potential and in the fact that nature can develop under its force if one only lets it. Bernhard Ott is convinced of this. By switching to biodynamics in 2006, the winemaker from Wagram has fully adapted to the rhythm of nature: uncompromising and open to what the respective vintage has in store for him.
WINE ESTATE BERNHARD OTT
APETLON I BURGENLAND I AUSTRIA
Wine estate Velich
The Velich Vineyard established in 1933 is located in Austrian Apetlon, rooted in the breathtaking natural landscape of Neusiedlersee-Seewinkel national park in Burgenland. Heinz Velich, who was named ‘Wine grower of the year’ in 2012 by Falstaff Magazin, grows his wine with much devotion and is in charge of the family business, which has specialised in varieties of white wine. On a total of 10 hectares of winegrowing area you’ll find renowned grape varieties combined with a long tradition, such as Chardonnay, Welschriesling, Muscat-Ottonel and Bouvier. The Velich winery is particularly famous for its multiple award-winning Chardonnay ‘TIGLAT’.
WINE ESTATE VELICH
RATSCH I SOUTHERN STYRIA I AUSTRIA
Wine estate Gross
Martina and Johannes Gross took over responsibility for the Gross am Nussberg Vineyard in 2019. For them, manual work is the basis for pressing wine that tastes of the location in which it grows. This aims to further develop the wine style of the winery, which stands for longevity, fineness and subtlety. The grapes originate to 100% from own hillside vineyards, for which they exercise the utmost care in person during cultivation. Their focus is on the grape variety Sauvignon Blanc, which finds optimal conditions in the Styrian-Slovenian border region. It embodies not only the unique typicality of its origin, but also the winery’s style: hand-picked, spontaneous fermentation, separate maturation of every plot and time for the development.
WINE ESTATE GROSS
Renowned Vineyards Burgenland
TOP WINEMAKERS AND GREATEST WINES FROM AUSTRIA
For years we have enjoyed an intimate friendship and gratitude with the winegrowers of the association Renowned Vineyards Burgenland. For our 20th Wein am Berg anniversary, top wineries of the association, whose names are all of great international importance, are participating again this year.
Wine estate Paul Achs I Gols
With his red wines, Paul Achs is among the top-elite of Austria’s winemakers and is a partner in our PINO 3000 project.
Wine estate Feiler-Artinger I Rust
Kurt Feiler surprises with a substantial range of dry white & red wines, and in particular with his sweet wines.
Wine estate Gesellmann I Deutschkreutz
Poster boy wine grower Albert Gesellmann puts his main focus on the Blaufränkisch variety, which features heavily in his top wines “Opus Eximium”, “Hochberc” and “G”.
Wine estate Hans Igler I Deutschkreutz
In the heart of the “Blaufränkisch” winegrowing area, the Reisner-Igler family has specialised in the grape varieties Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Wine estate Kollwentz I Großhöflein
Chardonnay and Blaufränkisch dominate at the Kollwentz winery. Andi Kollwentz is the decathlete among Austria’s winemakers, he is to be found in the top field in every category, whether white, red or sweet.
Wine estate Kerschbaum I Horitschon
The traditional 30-hectare winery emphasises on powerful, long-lasting wines with an intentionally subtle nuance of oak.
The PINO 3000 wine-growers
3 WINE GROWERS, 3 COUNTRIES = 1 WINE
WINE - OUR PASSION
Like all treasures, our PINO 3000 is a rarity that we create with total dedication for people with a taste for the extraordinary. Every wine has its own story. And our PINO 3000 tells an exceptional one: Three top vintners from Austria, Germany, and Italy have combined their best Pinot Noirs in the PINO 3000 and sent it on a fascinating journey – to the summit of the Gaislachkogl. In the 007 location ice Q, at 3,048 m above sea level, it matures in noble barrique barrels. The PINO 3000 in limited edition is a particular rarity. And with every drop, it transports you into its exciting world as the highest Pinot Noir in the Alps.
Premium distillery at Wein am Berg
AXBERG | UPPER AUSTRIA | AUSTRIA
Premium distillery Reisetbauer
Since more than 20 years, Hans Reisetbauer has been producing high-quality brandies, gin, whiskey and much more in the heart of Upper Austria. By now, his son also runs the company with him. The junior has been taking care of the farming since he started, and the father is the grand seigneur of the schnapps distillers. Their brandies already belong to the international elite, because Hans Reisetbauers credo was and always has been: to produce taste and not just a simple, spicy schnapps. “Quality creates friendship” is the motto he lives by and this guiding principle decisively determines the work in their fruit farm and distillery – and you can taste it!
PREMIUM DISTILLERY REISETBAUER