Weingut Bründlmayer, 1ÖTW “Ried Heiligenstein” Alte Reben Riesling
Weingut Bründlmayer, 1ÖTW “Ried Heiligenstein” Alte Reben Riesling

Weingut Bründlmayer, 1ÖTW “Ried Heiligenstein” Alte Reben Riesling

Kamptal, Austria 2020 (750mL)
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Weingut Bründlmayer, 1ÖTW “Ried Heiligenstein” Alte Reben Riesling

Jancis Robinson refers to Bründlmayer as a “beacon for Austrian Wine” and Gault & Millau recently gave longtime winemaker Willi Bründlmayer a Lifetime Achievement Award for the global recognition he’s brought his region’s wines. Though the list of accolades for Bründlmayer goes on and on, I’ll add to it by saying this is among my favorite producers in the world, and today’s mineral-loaded, multi-textured Riesling hails from their greatest vineyard. 

Bründlmayer owns 12 hectares in the heart of the sprawling hillside Esrte Lage vineyard that is  Heiligenstein,” and its soils are rich with ancient sandstone that formed 250-300 million years ago. It’s also damn-hot here too: Back in the 1200s, the Zwettl Abbey referred to it as “Hellenstein” because the sun there “burns like hell.” Today, this special site is recognized by many as one of the world’s best for Riesling. 

This “Alte Reben” cuvée is Bründlmayer’s finest white wine and it’s a striking upgrade from their regular Heiligenstein bottling. It comes entirely from the estate’s oldest vines ranging from 50-75 years of age, and the difference in these low-yielding vines and super-concentrated crop can be distinctly tasted in the final product. Upon harvest, these sustainably farmed grapes are typically hand-picked in several passes to ensure optimal ripeness, and they undergo a cool, all-natural fermentation in stainless steel tanks. A brief maturation then occurs in these tanks, as well as large Austrian oak casks, until bottling the following summer. 

Weingut Bründlmayer, 1ÖTW “Ried Heiligenstein” Alte Reben Riesling


Northeastern Austria


Considered by most to be the oldest growing zone in Austria, Weinviertel is also, geographically, the largest in the country and covers the vast, northeastern expanse of Lower Austria, stretching from the western border of Slovakia, following the Danube inland and veering up to the southern border of Czechia. Its name, which translates to “wine quarter,” reflects the region’s rich, ancient wine heritage and, according to the Weinviertel DAC website, there are “7,000 years of artifacts to prove it.”

Northeastern Austria


Austria’s Wachau appellation is the country’s most acclaimed region. About an hour northwest of Vienna along the Danube River, the vista of the steep, terraced vineyards of the Wachau creates a magnificent landscape akin to a verdant, ancient amphitheater—it is a UNESCO World Heritage site, after all. With rich and unique soils here of löess and gneiss, which lend vivid minerality to the wine.

Eastern Austria


The Burgenland appellation, running along Austria’s border with Hungary southeast of Vienna, has a diverse topography and a mix of soils, with more primary rock and slate at higher locations and dense loams in the rolling hills that extend toward the Pannonian plain.

Southeastern Austria


The region of Styria (Steiermark) is in southeastern Austria which sits near the border with Slovenia. This area is studded with long-extinct volcanoes whose deposits are a key component of the local soils and the vineyards benefit from a classic Austrian push-pull of cool Alpine air and warmer “Pannonian” currents from the east.

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