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Franz Leth's 80-acre estate, planted on loess terraces north of the Danube is a source of some excellent values, such as this 2010 Gruner. Leth's 2010 Gruner Veltliner Steinagrund, from a soil incorporating a significant amount of gravel, hence the "Stein" in the name, stands out for it's clarity and as an excellent value.
The Leth winery is one of the leading examples of expression of terroir in the Wagram. This family winery is located in Fels, directly on the terraces of the Wagram River. The deep löss soils are excellently suited for Grüner Veltliner, and it is no coincidence that half of the area under vine is planted with this variety. The Leth family is respected for its work sustaining indigenous varieties. They collected grape varieties previously grown in Austria and planting Austria's first living grape variety museum, which showcases approximately 150 ancient grape varieties, most of which had almost died out, others of which had never gained any major recognition, while a few had never been cultivated in practice. Today, Franz Leth Jr. has reinvented the winery through modernization, dense planting, and a pledge to employ sustainable viticulture. As if that weren't enough, he is committed to demonstrating that his single-vineyard wines are capable of developing with 10 to 30 years of bottle age.
In 2007, the large wine region known as the Donauland was split, and the Wagram was born. The area's deep loess soils run toward the city of Vienna to the east. Sunny days and cool nights lend their benefits to the quality of the harvest. The region specializes in Gruner Veltliner, as well as fantastic Icewines made of red varieties.