Pichler-Krutzler

Austria, Wachau

 
 

Sustainable


Pichler-Krutzler from Austria’s famed Wachau region is Erich Krutzler and his wife Elisabeth Pichler-Krutzler, the son-in-law and daughter of F.X. Pichler. Erich is a very serious and talented winemaker in his own right, having inherited a great Blaufränkisch vineyard in Südburgenland from his family estate, Krutzler, where he was for several years the winemaker, and has had a couple of international award-winning projects in Slovenia. Erich and Elisabeth now have 10 hectares of vines. Their viticulture is “sustainable”. They use no insecticides, only organic manure as fertilizer, and gentle tilling of the soil. In the vinification, Erich and Elisabeth use indigenous yeasts for all cuvées except in an occasional year for the spring-bottled wines. For all of the top wines, like Supperin, Loibenberg, Pfaffenberg, Kellerberg, fermentation is done with indigenous yeasts in wood foudre from Stockinger of varying sizes up to 1500l., between 1 and 8 years, no toast. Because Erich has a vineyard of Blaufrankisch in the sudburgenland, they are not members of Vinea Wachau Nobilis Districtus. This gives Erich the flexibility, though, to do things in vinification that he feels are more natural, and indeed he is very proud that they use no additives like finings in their wines and keeping their wines sometimes on the fine lees with very low SO2 for up to a year.

 

Technical Information

Wine Varietals Vine Age Soil Type Farming Type
Grüner Veltliner Frauengärten Grüner Veltliner 15-35 years Sedimented sand Sustainable
Grüner Veltliner Klostersatz Grüner Veltliner 20-40 years Sand and sedimented primary rock Sustainable
Grüner Veltliner Supperin Grüner Veltliner 30-80 years Sedimented primary rock Sustainable
Grüner Veltliner Wunderburg Grüner Veltliner 35 years Weathered primary rock with gneiss on terraces Sustainable
Grüner Veltliner Kellerberg Grüner Veltliner 20-35 years Weathered primary rock with gneiss on terraces Sustainable
Riesling Loibner "Trum" Riesling 10-25 years Sand and gravel in the flat Sustainable
Riesling Pfaffenberg Riesling 25-50 years Primary rock containing gneiss Sustainable
Riesling In der Wand Riesling 25 years Mineral primary rock of mainly gneiss Sustainable
Riesling Loibenberg Riesling 30-50 years Weathered primary rock of gneiss and loess sediments on terraces Sustainable
Riesling Wunderburg Riesling 35 years Weathered primary rock of gneiss on terraces Sustainable
Riesling Kellerberg Riesling 20-35 years Weathered primary rock of gneiss on terraces Sustainable