One of our happiest expansions in 2009 has involved moving into a new—for us—growing district: the Thermenregion. This area among the hot springs south of Vienna was created from the former Anbaugebieten Bad Vöslau and Gumpoldskirchen in 1985.
Here wine grapes are blessed by the influence of the Pannonian climate, with hot summers and dry autumns—and an average of 1800 hours sunshine each year. Constant air-currents guarantee that in autumn the grapes will be quickly dried after rainfall or dew. And geology has blessed the Thermen with a wealth of different soils: loamy clay, sandy loam and brown earth, with a high degree of fossil-limestone blended in. Underneath all that it is supported by a layer of decomposed rock, while local bands of flood-plain help with drainage and warming.
And we’ve moved into the neighborhood with considerable fanfare, in that we can now offer you the wines of the Karl Alphart estate in Traiskirchen. Among the leaders in the Thermen, Alphart has 12 hectares of vines planted, with a heavy emphasis on the unique and fascinating local variety Rotgipfler—and for the time being, we can offer you his equally enticing Zierfandler.
He rounds this out by offering a Neuburger which shows a sort of style and grace that the heavyweight Smaragd bottlings from this variety in the Wachau can only dream about. This and most of Alphart’s wines are elaborated in old barrels of 3000-liter capacity.
Alphart’s special single-vineyard Rotgipfler Rodauner has for years been known as one of the very best white wines in Austria—juicy, noble and clear as a chime with an unmistakably intensity of aroma and flavor.