Grapes for the Pinot Noir Select are mainly from Vienna’s Bisamberg vineyards as well as a vineyard on the Nussberg. The grapes were destemmed and the must was then filled into modern punch down fermentation tanks. Following the fermentation and another short maceration, the must was pressed and filled into Burgundian barriques - 25% of them new. The lees of the Pinot Noir were stirred in regular intervals, with the wine having extended contact with it. After 12 months, the first racking was made, then after a total of 28 months, the barrique maturation was completed and the wine was then blended into a large barrel. Bottling took place one month later without fining or filtration.
Pair this wine with bacon-wrapped scallops, salmon a la plancha, aurora sauces, and lasagna.
Though Vienna is known for patisseries, opera, music and glistening pedestrian shopping plazas, the city also maintains a viticultural focus. The Wieninger winery was founded as part of that traditional Viennese heurigen (winebar) system established in the 18th century. Born in 1966 to this wine growing family, Fritz Wieninger represents the fourth generation in the current house. Before his birth it was his mother that was the family winemaker, as she was one of the first female graduates of the Oenology program at Klosterneuberg (Europe’s oldest wine making school). Emerging from his own training in the wake of the Austrian Wine Scandal of 1985, Fritz spent a year working vineyards in California. It was during this time that he was convinced that the future for Austria lay in making wines of great quality and distinction, and it was also his inspiration for making top quality wines at his own home from the classic Burgundian varieties Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Once returned from his travels, Fritz took firm control of the family winery and the arc of success was swift and steep over the next few years – his first exports in 1989, Falstaff’s “Winzer der Jahr” (Winemaker of the Year) in 1990, and first exports to the USA in 1995.