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Franz is made from the most powerful grape varieties of the Horitschon vineyards - Blaufränkisch and Merlot. Very natural winemaking with selective hand harvest and spontaneous fermentation. Aged for 12 months in big oak barrels with natural malolactic fermentation.
Austrian born Franz Reinhard Weninger grew up on his parents’ wine estate in central Burgenland, only a few kilometers from Lake Neusiedlersee. From his father, he not only learned the art of making wine, but also discovered his own great passion. In 2000, he decided to continue a project begun by his father, who purchased vineyards in the small village of Balf, Hungary near the Austrian border in 1997. Balf lies at the southern end of Lake Neusidelersee which stretches from Austria’s Burgenland region to the Sopron region in east Hungary. Sopron is red wine country and the 1,900 hectares between Lake Neusiedlersee and the Sopron Mountains are primarily dedicated to the cultivation of dry red wines. The Spern Steiner and Frettner vineyard sites farmed by Weninger are among the best in Hungary and have been cultivated for centuries.
Franz Reinhard is a passionate biodynamic farmer, a discipline that he shares with his father. Together the two rank among Austria and Hungary’s experts in this methodology. The estate converted exclusively to biodynamic farming in 2006 though both Franz Reinhard and his father were interested in pursuing environmentally friendly wine growing practices long before then. A specialist in the crafting of Kekfrankos, the Hungarian equivalent of Blaufrankish, Franz Reinhard has the vision, energy and worldliness to open the eyes of the world to what Hungary has to offer.
One of the oldest wine producing regions in the world, Austria has been cultivating grapes and creating wine since the fourth century BC. After a brief stint in the Roman Empire, the vineyards were painstakingly cultivated by monks throughout the Middle Ages, similar to those of France and Germany.
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