How Austria’s Gruner Veltliner Got its Groove Back

 

Our guest this evening, Heidemarie Fisher, of Pfalff Winery tells us why Gruner Veltliner is one of the most food-friendly wines on the planet.

 

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Here’s a sampling of our lively discussion from our tasting…

 

Simon Gagne7:22 Hello we like it with Fish
Mark Lai
Mark Lai52:32 Responding to your poll…No! I have not tried yet. most certainly will try after this. Heidemarie has piqued my interest.
Lise Charest Gagne
Lise Charest Gagne56:25 It will be good with wonton. Gruner that is. I cook with allot of ginger so that’s great info for me.
Olivier de Maisonneuve
Olivier de Maisonneuve16:29 Hello to you two, Is there a specail type of gruner that you go for? Some are more green apple accented,and some are indeed white pepper-spicy character? ( i just joined,so i hope you haven’t mention that 
Fred Clift
Fred Clift0:00 It must be difficult to cultivate vineyards in large stones and oyster fossils! Natalie, have you visited their vineyards?
Floyd Curtis
Floyd Curtis38:55 While living in Prague, I had many CZ Grüners. Is there a big difference between Austrian and Czech GV’s?
Lori Kilmartin

Lori Kilmartin28:53 Are all 6 wines tonight Unoaked?

Lori Kilmartin

Lori Kilmartin19:05 What is your favourite food and Gruner match?

Lori Kilmartin

Lori Kilmartin15:41 I am curious about the difference and what the oaked taste like?
Lori Kilmartin
Lori Kilmartin13:14 Is it always made in stainless steel?
Lori Kilmartin
Lori Kilmartin4:58 Nice to hear you are a close family and everyone helps out!
Lori Kilmartin

Lori Kilmartin1:46 Yes I have had an Austrian Gruner – a few times

Lori Kilmartin

Lori Kilmartin1:00:07 I thought the information on the soils was intersecting. –
Lori Kilmartin

Lori Kilmartin47:08 Can this red age or are they best drunk young?

Lori Kilmartin

Lori Kilmartin46:09 What food would she paid with the red?
Lori Kilmartin
Lori Kilmartin44:09 How many other grape varieties do you now grow at your winery?
Paul E Hollander
Paul E Hollander2:30 Having one this evening. It’s from Paul Direder
Rick Dalderis
Rick Dalderis38:08 Do you ever use cement vat’s for your wines?
Rick Dalderis
Rick Dalderis22:12 What cheese is a good match with Gruner?
Lise Charest Gagne

Lise Charest Gagne47:35 I’m making homemade wontons would your Gruner be good with that?

Olivier de Maisonneuve

Olivier de Maisonneuve51:34 Can’t wait to try your portfolio in Quebec! What a nice meeting. 
Murray Johnston
Murray Johnston13:15 What price range is the Gruber, looks very clear in the glass.

Mark Lai
Mark Lai9:53 Doesn’t ice wine originate in Austria?
Floyd Curtis

Floyd Curtis53:16 Yes. Many different varieties. When I lived in central Europe, I used to drink a lot of Austrian wines and was never disappointed. It’s funny, but hearing the names of these varietals is like a trip down memory lane. Müller-Thurgau, Neuburger, Welschriesling, etc. Great show!

J.P. d'Entremont

J.P. d’Entremont17:20 I’ve not heard of your winey. Any plans of building up your brand in Canada?
Fred Clift
Fred Clift3:22 Have not tried Austrian wines. Fred from Colorado.
J.P. d'Entremont
J.P. d’Entremont38:10 I noticed on Google Maps that your winery is situated north of the Danube. Are there significant differences in wines north versus south of the valley?
Fred Clift
Fred Clift48:51 Does Riesling pair well with skiing down the Austrian slopes?
Fred Clift
Fred Clift16:38 Which sells better in Austria, wine or beer?
Rick Dalderis
Rick Dalderis57:25 Very informative wine chat.
Rick Dalderis
Rick Dalderis47:03 Is it like a old vine zin?
Rick Dalderis
Rick Dalderis33:50 What kind of oak barrel’s do you use?
Olivier de Maisonneuve
Olivier de Maisonneuve25:46 bergkase seems to be a bit like gruyere
Paul E Hollander
Paul E Hollander29:03 With cedar planked salmon. Mmm, good.
Murray Johnston
Murray Johnston55:57 The fossils in vineyard
Olivier de Maisonneuve
Olivier de Maisonneuve21:41 love shnitzel!!!  Good idea!
Murray Johnston
Murray Johnston13:30 Gruner lol

 

 

 

Weingut R&A Pfaffl Winery

 

 

Roman Pfaffl in R&A Pfaffl Winery Vineyard

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weingut R&A Pfaffl Wien.2-Red 2015
Austria

 

 

 

 

 

Pfaffl Barrels

 

 

 

Pfaffl Winery Autumn Leaves

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pfaffl R & A Sandstein Zweigelt 2015
Austria

 

 

 

 

 

Pfaffl Winery Vineyard

 

 

 

Pfaffl Family in Kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weingut R&A Pfaffl Waldgarten St.Laurent 2013
Austria

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pfaffl Winery Vineyard

 

 

 

Pfaffl Winery

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weingut R&A Pfaffl Haidvertel Gruner Veltliner 2016
Austria

 

 

 

 

Pfaffl Family

 

 

 

Pfaffl Winery Vineyard

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weingut R&A Pfaffl Wien.1-White 2015
Austria

 

 

 

 

 

Pfaffl Winery Early Morning Mist

 

 

 

Pfaffl Winery Winemaker Roman in Vineyard

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weingut R&A Zeiseneck Dac Gruner Veltliner 2015
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Pfaffl Winery Courtyard

 

 

 

 

Pfaffl Winemaker Roman

 

 

Pfaffl Winery Frost on the Vines

 

 

 

Pfaffl Winery Vineyard

 

 

 

Pfaffl Winery Father and Son

Weingut R&A Pfaffl Winery

 

We are two siblings that manage our family winery together. Roman Josef Pfaffl is our vineyard manager and winemaker. He sees it as vital to take responsibility for these tasks personally. Roman’s sister Heidi Fischer takes care of business administration and her specialty, marketing.

Our parents, Heidi and Roman Pfaffl, support us in every way they can and we are grateful for this. We are a great team. Roman Pfaffl is our expert in the vineyard.

Heidi Pfaffl is the heart of our entire family enterprise. She takes good care of us as well as our guests. You will usually find her adoring grandchildren, Heidi’s children Marianne and Josef, close at her side.

Our Pride and Joy is our vineyards. Of this, we are very much aware. We cultivate around 110 hectares.

Our vineyards are distributed around the village of Stetten in the Weinviertel and in neighbouring Vienna. Due to the numerous vineyards and their diversity, we are able to produce a broad spectrum of wine styles.

It is always exciting for us to see how each terroir is expressed in its wine.

Handcraft is at the core of our wine philosophy. Respect management of our natural resources and our environment is very important to us. Meticulous canopy management, manual selection of grapes, and sensitivity for the vines’ needs make it possible for us to cope with the vagaries of the weather and produce top quality wines year for year.

To create perfect conditions for the wines in our cellar, we shy from no cost or effort. Perfect hygiene, meticulous temperature control in all areas, optimal humidity, minimal pumping, and protective handling are provided. All of these efforts aid us in transporting the superb quality from our vineyards directly to the bottle.

The Rhombus – that’s our brand mark and stands for everything we put in our wines: the work in the vineyard, the precision in the cellar, the passion for the wine and for our winery.

You are, of course welcome to come and taste our wines, visit our winery, or purchase wine on the premises. We stage a big event at least once a year to which you are cordially invited. We are also open from Monday through Friday from 8-12 AM and 1-5 PM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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