The Bisamberg (translated as “up to the hill”) is the 21st district’s primary vineyard and was the main vineyard area for Wieninger Heuriger. The Bisamberg climbs up to a height of 1,150ft and consists of light, sandy loess over limestone. The Gemischter Satz Bisamberg Alte Reben (old vine) is a 35-year-old vineyard that Fritz took over in 2011.
This wine is a blend of white grapes taken from the Bisamberg vineyard. The vineyard is planted with planted with 40% Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), 40% Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris) and 20% Chardonnay. The varieties were harvested together and pressed gently, then fermented with spontaneous yeasts in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. After being stored, the wine was then bottled.
This is a multi-dimensional food partner that pairs especially well with fish and seafood dishes and light Mediterranean meals.
Though Vienna is known for patisseries, opera, music and glistening pedestrian shopping plazas, the city also maintains a viticultural focus. The Wieninger winery was founded as part of that traditional Viennese heurigen (winebar) system established in the 18th century. Born in 1966 to this wine growing family, Fritz Wieninger represents the fourth generation in the current house. Before his birth it was his mother that was the family winemaker, as she was one of the first female graduates of the Oenology program at Klosterneuberg (Europe”s oldest wine making school). Emerging from his own training in the wake of the Austrian Wine Scandal of 1985, Fritz spent a year working vineyards in California. It was during this time that he was convinced that the future for Austria lay in making wines of great quality and distinction, and it was also his inspiration for making top quality wines at his own home from the classic Burgundian varieties Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Once returned from his travels, Fritz took firm control of the family winery and the arc of success was swift and steep over the next few years - his first exports in 1989, Falstaff”s ”Winzer der Jahr” (Winemaker of the Year) in 1990, and first exports to the USA in 1995.