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History

Alois Kracher was known around the world simply as Luis. He was one of the great visionaries of wine-growing. Not only did he spearhead the “Austrian wine miracle” in the 1990s, but he was also the engine for the worldwide sweet wine renaissance. The entire wine world mourned when Luis, long before his time, passed away in 2007. Educated as a chemist, he was nearly 30 years old by the time he joined his father´s winery after years of working in the pharmaceutical sector. But it wasn't long before he created a new dessert wine style demonstrating that fruit, finesse and balance are more important than sweetness alone. He also insisted on vinifying single vineyards individually and without any alterations to their true character. All this, despite the fact that friends were warning him that it would be impossible to bring 12 - and even up to 15 - different TBAs from a single vintage to the market.

 

Alois Kracher created an international sensation for the first time with his 1991 vintage wines, and soon after, his name became – especially in America - a synonym for cult sweet wines. Year after year, the international wine media celebrated his Beerenauslesen and Trockenbeerenauslesen. But this was not enough for Luis. With an indefatigable quest for innovation, he always found new products that would feature his noble sweet wines as a key ingredient - from blue cheese, grape jelly and chocolate to pomace brandy and vinegar.

 

They are not a typical family. This small, tightly woven and dedicated team is strongly rooted in Illmitz, at Austria´s Neusiedlersee - Lake Neusiedl -yet also is widely connected internationally. Gerhard Kracher is the young, highly energetic head of the wine estate, which he took over at full speed following the premature death of his father, Alois Kracher Jr. Michaela Kracher, Gerhard's mother, keeps a close eye on the entire operation, even on the most hectic of days. 

 

The wines from the Weinlaubenhof have long been in a class of their own. Practically no other sweet wines have reached such a high level of recognition worldwide and only a few have come close to the high ratings Kracher wines continuously receive. Around the world, Kracher has become the synonym for noble sweet wines of ultimate perfection.

The series of Trockenbeerenauslesen wines are at the top of the pyramid – in the king´s class, so to speak - where botrytis and fruit are united together in perfect harmony. Kracher produces also Auslesen, Beerenauslesen and, if the vintage allows it, ice wines, as well as Spätlesen with clear, clean primary fruit.

And then there are the dry wines – firm, harmonious, full and round. Burgenland at its best. "With our climate, there is no such thing as light, zippy wines," says Gerhard Kracher, emphasizing the style of the wines.

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Vineyards

Alois Kracher’s vineyards stretch between Illmitz and the shore of Lake Neusiedl. To the untrained eye the area will appear completely plane, but Alois Kracher points at the "mountains": undulations of a height of up to one to one and a half meters, which have considerable influence on the development of the grapes and, above all, the quality of botrytis. 
Alois's father, Alois Kracher sen., is in charge of vineyard management. The vineyards are planted at high densities in order to "stress" the vines, thus producing lower quantities at elevated concentrations. Traditional grape varieties include Welschriesling, Chardonnay, Traminer, Weißburgunder and Sämling 88 (Scheurebe).

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21 different wines with 90 vintages

People

  • Alois Kracher

    I'm lucky that the climate and soil work so wonderfully together. So I just try to put into the bottle what nature offers me.
  • Gerhard Kracher (1981)

    With our climate, there is no such thing as light, zippy wines,

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 Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  8 wines  from  Kracher . In a tasting of  16 wines 

From 40-year-old vines trained in the lyra system, Bründlmayer's 2018 Riesling Zöbinger Ried Heiligenstein Lyra 1ÖTW is a true challenge at this stage, young and tight as it is. Pure, clear, fresh, precise and deeply mineral on the concentrated, lemon-scented and coolish/earthy nose, with its notes of crushed herbs, stones and ripe (white) stone fruits, this is a full-bodied, intense, round and elegant Heiligenstein with freshness, crystalline acidity and a tight structure that gives lots of tension but keeps the finesse and elegance. The finish is highly promising in its dense and concentrated, only rudimental juicy character, which is as tight and tensioned as only a very few whites from Lower Austria are. In its unapproachable but promising character, this Heiligenstein Riesling reminds me of the great South Styrian wines from Armin Tement, even though the terroir and grape variety are completely different. Although I tasted this in July 2019 and several times and from different glasses in October, it's still hard to rate this wine, which is possibly one of the greatest Heiligensteins in the era of Willy Bründlmayer.

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 Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Wine Writer (South Korea)  tasted  1 wines  from  Kracher . In a tasting of  17 wines 

1968 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon Cask H12, This bottle took about an hour to come around. At first, the flavours were closed with only hints of dried fruits and smokey notes. After over an hour, the wine started to open up in the glass offering an array of lovely bottled aged flavours – black truffle, autumn leaves, dried violets and leather. Impressive wine, not just because of its age, but because it improved rather than fell apart in the glass over 3 hours. (91)

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 Peter Moser, Wine Writer (Austria)  tasted  5 wines  from  Kracher . 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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 Gérard Renoux, Sommelier (France)  tasted  1 wines  from  Kracher . In a tasting of  5 wines 

Château d' Yquem 1967 / A very good vintage in Sauternes, and one of the best wine from Yquem ever. Fairly deep and focused, it's ripe and packed with loads of dried apricot flavor--an intense botrytized character that brings out a pleasant bite.

1y 1m ago

 Teemu Korhonen, Wine Lover (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Kracher . In a tasting of  30 wines 

Tasting of the White wines from all over the world.

1y 5m ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  3 wines  from  Kracher . In a tasting of  45 wines 

BWW-Finalist Dinner at restaurant Palace with 40 finalists.

2y 6m ago

 Bartholomew Broadbent / Wine Writer, Wine Importer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Kracher . In a tasting of  14 wines 

Our host in Mississippi, Norm Rush, opens a lot of wine from his cellar. It is one of the reasons that 30+ winemakers keep returning every year!

3y 4m ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Kracher . In a tasting of  13 wines 

“One of the best Italian white wine I have ever tasted: Monteverro Chardonnay 2013 / Pale, medium-golden yellow. Very refined nose. Flowery bouquet, with buttery, pecan and walnut aromas and restrained creamy oak. Beautiful sweetness and satin structure as it strikes the palate. Ripe fruit is buttery-edged with greengage and citrus favours. Taste is firm and endless with beautiful layers of fruit and unctuous texture, giving a real succulence on the mid-palate. The commanding finish has good length through a lively acidity. A charming, very elegant wine now, but should cellar very well. -Bravo! 95 points”

4y 3m ago

 Mélanie Laurent / Sommelier, Pro (France)  tasted  4 wines  from  Kracher . 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 3m ago

 Jason Lee / Sommelier, Pro (China)  tasted  6 wines  from  Kracher . In a tasting of  13 wines 

“Château Palmer 1961/ Clear, little cloudy, deep red colour. Very intense, developing and complex aromas of yoghurt, milk chocolate and intense dark red berries with bell pepper. Concentrated taste with ripe almost jammy fruitiness. Moderately high acidity is balancing the ripe fruit and firm big, velvety tannins. Long finish with attractive concentration and finesse. Superb, but has still a very good future ahead! 99 points”

5y 4m ago

 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Kracher . In a tasting of  15 wines 

“Kracher was the best no surprise there. :)”

7y 4m ago

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