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History

In every walk of life the best results are obtained as a result of care. This is especially true when it comes to the vine. To give the vine the optimum conditions in which to excel, Franz Hirtzberger and his son Franz share responsibilities in the vineyard and the cellar. Irmgard Hirtzberger looks after the commercial side of the business. In addition we have a team of dedicated employees and trainees whose meticulous attention to detail also plays an important part in the success of our business.

 

The Wachau valley is one of the most beautiful historic landscapes in the world and has been included, since 2000, as part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Here in between the Danube on the one side and the mountains on the other side is the of the village of Spitz located

Five generations of Hirtzbergers have lived here, tending the vines which have been planted in the Wachau Valley the 13th Century. Today wine is produced with all the modern know-how at our disposal, but still following the tradition of the Wachau valley and our family.

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Vineyards

Our foremost aim is to produce a wine of character and utmost purity. We have refined our practices over many years, while applying essentially the same tried and tested methods of previous generations. For us the utmost goal is to produce wines which are true to their origins; which reflect our unique Wachau "terroir"; the individual characteristics of each vineyard and the particular conditions of each different vintage.

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Winemaking

The character of all fine wine has its origin in the vineyard. We take special care of the vines, with short pruning, intensive canopy management, strict thinning out and rigorous selection before and during harvest. By hand picking and by passing through each vineyard several times during harvest, we can guarantee that only grapes with the highest physiological maturity are selected. Our must is fermented in steel tanks without chaptalisation until the fermentation comes to its natural standstill. Further maturation takes place in traditional large wooden casks.

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5 different wines with 19 vintages

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 David Schildknecht, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  2 wines  from  Franz Hirtzberger . In a tasting of  31 wines 

Knoll Riesling Smaragd Vinothekfüllung 2016/ This reflects an upper area of Loibenberg whose vines were left hanging until last and picked up some botrytis, perhaps in part on account of the proximity to humidity-trapping woods. It conveys a wonderful sense of richness, yet with the fresh juiciness and subtly cooling herbal inflections that are features of so many 2016s, as well as fruit pit piquancy supplying welcome counterpoint to succulent, ripe white peach and mango. Just as strikingly, this entire performance seems to be headily draped in wisteria. Not only is there abundant glycerol on the palate, but there is also underlying polish, botrytis having worked its charms stealthily and with restraint. A sweet-saline, iodine-laced evocation of lobster-shell reduction lends mouthwatering savor to the superbly sustained finish. This blows past the corresponding 2015 – though not in the sense of being more powerful. I sometimes find the designation “Vinothek bottling” misleading in that the Knolls’ wines so labeled often strike me as significantly less suited to long-term cellaring than other wines from this estate. But in the present instance I have no such reservations.

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 Peter Moser, Wine Writer (Austria)  tasted  2 wines  from  Franz Hirtzberger . In a tasting of  23 wines 

Weingut Emmerich Knoll Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Vinothekfullung 2005 / Medium yellow-green. Intense dried fruit aroma with a hint of smoked bacon on the fascinating nose. Opulent, sweet papaya and wet pebbles are found in a full-bodied wine that is given shape and lift by refreshing acidity. I'd wait on this one for a year or two. Drink 2008 to 2015.

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 Achim Becker / Wineterminator.com, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  2 wines  from  Franz Hirtzberger . In a tasting of  25 wines 

"Alle Neune"-tasting with wines from 1859 to 1959.

1y 24d ago

 Teemu Korhonen, Wine Lover (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Franz Hirtzberger . In a tasting of  30 wines 

Tasting of the White wines from all over the world.

1y 8m ago

 Mélanie Laurent / Sommelier, Pro (France)  tasted  1 wines  from  Franz Hirtzberger . In a tasting of  45 wines 

“Austrian vintage 2006 - over 40 wines. One of the best was Hirtzenberger Riesling Smaragd Hochrain 2006 / Open, perfumed bouquet with aromas of lemon, citrus, fresh bread and faint vpeach. Soft, clively honeyed texture. The wine is exceptionally rich in flavour. Very concentrated wine with great depth and complexity. The very fine acidity carries the lace-like texture into an astonishing, long finish. Drinking divinely. 95 points”

4y 6m ago

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