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History

Centuries ago, monks living in the Wachau region began to recognize quality boundaries and drew up border lines. Not only were they motivated by the desire to make the best possible wine, they were also passionate about the variations – sometimes marked, sometimes barely noticeable – from one vineyard to the next and thus between their respective products.

 

Each of the vineyards ranged side by side in the Wachau may be described as a great soloist, and together they make up a grand orchestra.  Whether it's intuition or myth, emotion or reality, there's one thing we know: that the place, time and people have to be just right to make wine from a certain crop. And that is the fine art of wine-making.

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Vineyards

The Wachau valley: an enchanting landscape, much like a huge man-made garden along the wide Danube river. Shoring up its topsoils of broken-up bedrock, weathered dry stone walls look down everywhere like the bastions of mighty fortresses, guarding the valley below. On these terraces, the Wachau wines grow: on thin soils, holding their own against encroaching forests and defying the cold that sweeps down over the rolling landscape from Bohemia to the Danube. It is here, in this marginal viticultural area, that fine wines of unique character and rare quality are made. 

 

The grapes are grown in vineyards with distinct features: sharp contrasts within small spaces, one-of-a-kind soil formations and complex microclimatic influences. These specifics of the terroir impart a unique quality to the wines. There is an enormous wealth of subtle differences between the individual vineyard sites; with names like Klaus and Achleiten, Steinriegl and Hollerin, each of them has its own fine facets and nuances, as does "Wachstum Bodenstein", a Riesling that grows at an altitude of 460 meters above sea level. While they are all typical of the Wachau, the crop of each vineyard is an individual – standing by itself, yet deeply rooted in its origins.

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Winemaking

Tradition and innovation are both strong points at Weingut Prager. Using the traditional knowledge that has been handed down over generations and the new opportunities created by the present, Toni Bodenstein works to uncover the secrets of terroir, to find out everything that lends itself to exploration, and to get a sense of what remains inscrutable. His passion is to make outstanding wines that mirror the unique qualities of the vineyards from which they come.

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 Peter Moser, Wine Writer (Austria)  tasted  6 wines  from  Weingut Prager . In a tasting of  23 wines 

Kracher Chardonnay Trockenbeerenauslese No. 8 Nouvelle Vague 2007 /Deep golden yellow. Intense papaya and coconut aromas over grapefruit and citrus notes make a thoroughly exotic first impression. The exotic quality carries through on the palate, where roasted oak and cinnamon add another element. Thrilling acidity gives balance and focus to this voluptuously sweet wine. Flavors of papaya, pineapple and toasted coconut linger with great persistence. Although already quite harmonious, this wine should continue to gain in complexity over the next decades.


94 points

12d 16h ago

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13d 13h ago

 Luca Gardini, Wine Writer (Italy)  tasted  2 wines  from  Weingut Prager . In a tasting of  20 wines 

Marjan Simcic Rebula Opoka Medana Jama Cru 2017 / Golden colour with amber shades.Elegance on the nose: fruits, spices, gentian, dried orange, star anise and apricot jam in the finish. Thick and crunchy palate with a very long-lasting persistence. 97 points

15d 16h ago

 David Schildknecht, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  4 wines  from  Weingut Prager . 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.

1y 6m ago

 Rajiv Kehr, Pro (India)  tasted  1 wines  from  Weingut Prager . 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 ”

5y 6m ago

 Mélanie Laurent / Sommelier, Pro (France)  tasted  2 wines  from  Weingut Prager . 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”

5y 7m ago

 Philip Tuck / Master of Wine, MW (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Weingut Prager . In a tasting of  5 wines 

“I'm sure all the conservative Burgundians present at this dinner were delighted to taste wines from outside their region in such atmospheric surroundings as the Berry Brothers cellars. Not a Pinot Noir or Chardonnay in sight!”

8y 10m ago

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