17th July 2019

Tags: Austria; cooperatives

I’ve talked previously about gemischter satz in Austria. Nearly all of it comes from the area immediately around Vienna – but there is an outpost in the Wachau.  Domaine Wachau – the cooperative which serves growers in the region, has growers with a couple of coplanted plots; untrellised vines planted in the 1920s and 30s when it was the dominant wine style in much of the country.  It includes, so Roman Horvath MW tells us, many ‘long-lost’ varieties.  There is a short fermentation on skins to give a bit of texture and add flavour and it makes a traditional wine – ‘what wine was like a hundred years ago’ says Roman.