Today’s Wine Story: Domane Wachau Federspiel Terrassen Gruner Veltliner 2016
The Domäne Wachau is situated in the heart of the Wachau Valley, one of Europe’s oldest cultural landscapes. While led by winery director and Master of Wine Roman Horvath and winemaker Heinz Frischengruber. In addition, Domäne Wachau counts among the leading wine producers in Austria. And the winery is based in the picturesque medieval town of Dürnstein. Producing a totally enjoyable reasonably priced Summer White Wine – the best of Gruner Veltliner.
This wine is a perfect pairing for fish, seafood, and poultry as well as the traditional Austrian cuisine “Wiener Schnitzel”.
What is it: Classic Gruner Veltliner – Austrian White Wine | Zesty, Refreshing with a boldness of Viognier and crispness of unoaked Chardonnay | Versatile, great finish, totally enjoyable
Price: $14.99 on sale from $20.00
Pairs with: Pairs w/ fish, seafood, and poultry as well as the traditional Austrian cuisine “Wiener Schnitzel”.
Ratings: #68 Wine Enthusiast Top 100 of 2017
Why WBOTD chose this Summer White Wine
⇒ $15 a bottle for a classic Gruner from a great vintage
⇒ Drink now, but this white should last at least 4-5 years
⇒ Another wine that works with all types of vegetables for summer dips and vegan meals
⇒ Winemaker Heinz Frischengruber is the Wachau master of Gruner
⇒ For those of you not yet familiar with Gruner – this is a perfect ‘better than most’ Summer White wine that you and your friends are sure to enjoy
⇒ Best price we found for a 750ml
Winemaker Heinz Frischengruber
First of all, Heinz Frischengruber and his team vinify the handpicked grapes with as little intervention as possible. As a result, a unique range of authentic and elegant wines reflect the diversity of the Wachau terroir, grape varieties, and the famous Wachau single-vineyards.
So, after years of apprenticeship in the international wine world, Heinz Frischengruber returned to his origins in the Wachau. He is a graduate of the Viniculture College Klosterneuburg. And studied international wine marketing at the college in Eisenstadt and oenology at the reputed University of Geisenheim.
Most notably, Heinz’ key contributions to the success of Domäne Wachau are the successful development of a quality improvement programme in the vineyards. In addition, a focus on preserving the unique terroir character of the wines. Furthermore, Heinz was awarded as the Vintner Newcomer of the Year in 2007. And is also the managing director of the Austrian Oenology and Wine Research.