Austria

Alzinger 2017 Wachau Hollerin Riesling Smaragd

Hollerin has fairly large terraces, with loam and Gföhler gneiss soil. Sometimes thought to be the softer counterpart to nearby Höhereck, this vintage the Hollerin really shines! Sweet mint and ginger on the nose, the palate is zippy and bracing with a mélange of stone fruit and citrus: ripe peach, nectarine, orange and tangerine juice, tart kumquat zest—mouthwatering! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white
  • 34 in stock
  • $15.99

Familie Bauer 2020 Alte Reben Barig (skin contact)

Barig is a blend of Gruner Veltliner and Roter Veltliner, with a short period of skin contact, yielding a tasty and very fresh, zippy wine. A great introduction to the world of skin contact wines, and certainly just an introduction, as the profile is still very close to that of a refreshing white wine. Drink with a chill on a warm day!  

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Hirsch 2019 Kamptal Lamm Grüner Veltliner

The super deep, herbal nose pulls you into this very suave and complex gruner that’s first succulent, then profoundly mineral, retaining a wonderful lightness of touch through the extremely long, subtle finish. From biodynamically grown grapes.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Hirsch 2020 Niederosterreich Grüner Veltliner Hirschvergnügen

In the 1970s, Hirsch started organic farming and in 2006, he was one of the founding members of Respekt – a new biodynamic certification started as an alternative to Demeter, which was then the only certification. Respekt has branched out from Austria and now covers “German speaking areas” including Northern Italy and Germany. The winery is located in Kammern in the Kamptal, a short distance from the vineyards, so the fruit is pressed a very short time after it’s picked. Yields here are very low. Grapes are always whole cluster pressed without crushing. ‘Hannes favors a long pressing rather than a short one, echoing fellow respect member Bernhard Ott’s feeling that the stems are “part of the wine too”. The Hirschvergnugen (meaning "deer delight") is a lovely entry level gruner showcasing the terroir and climate of the Northern Kamptal. The nose showcase aromas of wet rocks, lime, white flowers and green apples. The palate confirms an intense mineralty, green notes like asparagus with a hint of white pepper on the long, crisp finish. Giselle Hamburg

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Joiseph 2019 Gruner Veltliner Fogosch

Fogosh is the middle sister that was born in-between the other Joiseph whites, Mischkultur and Altenberg. While it definitely has the maturity to understand its potential to have a bright future (like Altenberg), it still likes to have nights of careless partying once in a while (definitely like Mischkultur). It hits that tight mark right on the edge between the weight of seriousness and the lightness of the pleasure factor. Sourced form two sites, one by the lake - thus much warmer - and one high up in the mountain sides, it reveals its Grüner persona very early on, by showing restrained fruity notes, grassiness, white pepper notes, something waxy, like good freshly extracted honey. It tastes of so very…Austrian. Both graceful and powerful, with a long lingering finish that lasts until the next sip. Again, made with a short pre-soak before pressing, then aged in old wood. Like all of the Joiseph wines, it is not filtered nor fined, and sees incredibly small doses of added sulfur. In my very own opinion, Grüner in Austria is way too often trapped in a cage of over-the-top winemaking, even if the vines are planted on majestic sites. Here, is an example of what Grüner au naturel can be, and it is a transcending one. Pairs well with weeknights and an array of green vegetables kissed on the grill (kale, zucchinis, cabbage, beans, brocoli, et al).  -Emily Campeau

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Nittnaus, Anita & Hans 2020 Burgenland Pinot Blanc Heideboden

The Nittnaus family farms their Burgenland vineyards biodynamically, and they work in a totally natural fashion in the cellar, using no selected yeasts or artificial interventions. The Heideboden Pinot Blanc is a beautifully pure expression of the grape.  Aromas of lemons, whiteflowers, green herbs and stony flint waft from the glass.  Super mineral on the palate with bright acidity and a medium body, underscored by notes of green apple, meyer lemon, green herbs and limestone.  An altogether delightful, versatile wine for all manner of spring dishes: pork schnitzel with asparagus and morels over spatzle. Giselle Hamburg

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Ott, Bernhard 2018 Wagram Feuersbrunn Riesling

Riesling Feuersbrunn is sourced from two vineyards: Ried Kirchthal and Ried Losling, both are dominated by gravel-soils and cool winds, typical for the high terraces of the Hengstberg. Soils here are the typical red gravel of this area, with the sites high up on the hill. Organic farming, selective hand picking in stainless steel boxes, skin contact for one day. Maturation on fine yeast for a couple of months. The nose opens with petrol, peach and  pear followed by a wet stone minerality and fresh herbaceousness. The palate is juicy with citrus, peach and pear notes with vibrant acidity and stony minerality.  Chambers acquired the last 2 cases of the vintage so get them before sold out!  Giselle Hamburg

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $44.99

Prager 2019 Wachau Riesling Steinreigl Arrives 5/

From an extremely steep, high altitude vineyard in the western Wachau with unique limestone marble soils. Incredibly bright and vibrant with aromas of honeysuckle, under ripe peach, lime, petrol and a slatey minerality. The palate is extremely mineral with notes of cool herbaceousness, mint, lime zest,  lemon, green apples and chalk .  The length goes on for miles with an almost saline like finish, enormously refreshing.  Breathtaking like the view from the top of the vineyard looking down across the Danube. Giselle Hamburg

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $36.99

Schloss Gobelsburg 2019 Kamptal Riesling Heiligenstein Erste Lage

Reid Heiligenstein is Kamptal's 1er cru vineyard considered to be worthy of Grand Cru status. One of the top sites in Austria for dry riesling, Heiligenstein actually means “Stone of the Saints.” Just over a century ago, the Heiligenstein was one of first single vineyards in Austria to get its own name on a label – at a time when dry rieslings were a rarity in Imperial Austria and were much sought after. Visible from afar,  the vineyard rises steeply like a mighty wall from the gently sloping vineyard landscape around the town of Langenlois, Austria’s largest winegrowing commune. On the summit, at 349 meters above sea level, stands a small, stone-built tower.  The entire 35-hectare surface is covered with narrow terraces, many of which accommodate just three or four rows of vines. Schloss Gobelsburg owns a total of about three hectares .

Having been blessed to attend Gobelsburg's  850th anniversary Heiligenstein Vertical Tasting with vintages going back to the early 70s, I can say that these rieslings are insanely age worthy with my favorites being from 1982 and 1973, showing an incredible electricty and vivacity unexpected in wines of 40+ years of age! The 2019  is an excellent introduction to this legendary vineyard as it was considered a very good vintage and hence more exuberant in it's infancy. Aromas of white flowers, peach, citrus and stony rocks reinforce the notes on the palate with a very bright, mineral finish.  A pitch perfect embodiment of spring in a glass! Giselle Hamburg

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $69.99

Stadlmann 2018 Thermenregion Pinot Noir Classic

The Stadlmann family has been making wine since the 1780s in the Thermenregion; sheltered from the northern winds by the Vienna Woods, it is one of Austria's warmest wine growing areas. The 'Classic' line of wines are aged in large, used barrels to showcase the true character of the grape and terroir.   -CB

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic

Zahel Gemischter Satz 2020 Vienna Mauer

A field blend from within the city limits of Vienna. Mauer is the southern most neighborhood of Vienna's amphitheater-like, historic vineyard area. A mix of 6 grapes (Gruner Veltliner, Riesling, Grauburgunder, Weissburgunder, Chardonnay and Traminer) harvested from their Ried Preussen and Ried Weissleiten vineyards which are biodynamically certified. The grapes thrive at this high elevation...330 meters above sea level in a distinct soil type called Flysch (sandstone on top of limestone bedrock). The grapes are hand harvested in one day and co-fermented in stainless steel. The grapes undergo 24 hours of cool maceration before the juice is pressed and allowed to ferment naturally with only native yeasts. Before bottling, the wine is aged for 8 months on its fine lees without batonnage. It is a bright, elegant, mineral version of this classic Viennese and immensely drinkable wine.  Winemonger

  • white
  • 44 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur