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Wachau is a cultural landscape in the truest sense of the word. And this was officially documented by the admission of this 36-kilometer long riverside between Melk and Krems as a "cultural world heritage" by Unesco. Natural elements like the elegantly snaking Danube, bottom lands, rugged rocks, dramatically steep slopes and charming hillsides complement one another in thrilling harmony. And the works created by man, from the vineyards rising high along stony terraces to the picturesque communes harboring architecturally intriguing estates, mansions and churches and, finally, the abbeys of Göttweig, Dürnstein and Melk as historically outstanding monuments of cultural interest.

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We are proud of our single-vineyard sites. Proud, because the authenticity of our wines is individually based on each site. We believe in vineyard-designated wines – to us, they are challenge, goal and ideal all in one. It is primarily the steep mountainous terraces from the 12th and 13th centuries, which we cultivate and maintain with utmost respect – to us, an exceptional cultural asset.


Our vineyards comprise some 18 hectares. Of this, around 52 percent is planted to Grüner Veltliner, the major portion being the clones selected by Franz Pichler Sr., around 47 percent boasts Riesling vines and approximately 1 percent is reserved to Sauvignon Blanc. Some 45 percent of the area under vine sprawls across the steeply rising terraces, which can be worked only by hand.
The remaining plots extend at the foot of the mountains and in the plains of the Loiben basin, between Dürnstein and Rothenhof, at the eastern end of Wachau.

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Our philosophy is to get the best out of the excellent potential nature offers us. A responsibility not only towards our family, but also towards nature, history and the wine, because our capital is the vineyards, the vines and the understanding gained from tradition in association with intuition and world-openness.


What we want is to craft wines that reflect the year,
the soil and the special microclimate of Wachau.
The subtle nuances of each single vineyard are to be experienced and tasted in their multi-layered uniqueness. This presupposes multi-pass manual picking of premium-quality, physiologically highly ripe grapes; careful grape processing, traditional upbringing of the wines in large oak casks; and aiming for naturalness and distinctiveness by doing consistently without chaptalization, fining and concentration. Our vinification is based on the Codex Wachau guidelines. We compare the vintage cycle and vinification to the birth of a human being. The wine also requires affection, care and the guidance to perfection.

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14 different wines with 53 vintages


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 David Schildknecht, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  3 wines  from  F.X. Pichler . 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  4 wines  from  F.X. Pichler . 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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 Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  3 wines  from  F.X. Pichler . In a tasting of  15 wines 

F.X. Pichler 2017 Ried Steinertal Riesling Smaragd is intense and flinty on the dark and stony, very flinty and coolish nose with its concentrated white peach and lime aromas. Full-bodied, sharp, super pure and mineral on the palate, this is a full-bodied, tight, fresh and serious wine with a long and tensioned but still terribly young finish. Great complexity and tension! One of the finest Rieslings from the Danube River in 2017. Tasted in Oberloiben/Wachau, September 2018.

8m 9d ago

 Teemu Korhonen, Wine Lover (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  F.X. Pichler . In a tasting of  30 wines 

Tasting of the White wines from all over the world.

1y 4m ago

 Rajiv Kehr, Pro (India)  tasted  1 wines  from  F.X. Pichler . In a tasting of  5 wines 

“FX Pichler Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Loibner Loibenberg 2012 I am still dreaming about this bottle!. It was paired with the Knoll Gruner Veltliner Vinothekfüllung Smaragd Loibner 2013 and served with a schnitzel which thankfully allowed both wines to dominate. It made for an interesting comparison. I was in raptures with both these wines made from botrytis grapes coming from the Wachau region in Niederöisterreich. Loibenberg is one of the steepest sites in Loiben with a rocky soil and southerly exposure all of which contributes for perfect ripening and wines with minerality. The pale colour almost like that of a young sauvignon blanc did not give hints or betray that it was a smaragd with 14% alcohol. An enchanting nose which kept changing and at times gave hints of botrytis at the end and at times floral aromas or even a touch of smoke. Good balance and complexity. Rudolph Nureyev dancing in the glass! 97.5 points ”

4y 1m ago

 Mélanie Laurent / Sommelier, Pro (France)  tasted  4 wines  from  F.X. Pichler . 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 2m ago

 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  F.X. Pichler . In a tasting of  38 wines 

“Vintage 2007 tasting. Some great wines from Marcassin, Ornellaia, Jonata etc.”

4y 7m ago

 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  F.X. Pichler . In a tasting of  18 wines 

“Some excellent 1989's!”

5y 1m ago

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