|The winemaker Hans Pitnauer was instrumental in making Carnuntum its own
wine region. |
|“The winery’s reputation as a top producer is based above all on its
consistent quality. The reds of the house have earned a place in the company
of the greatest wines of Austria.” Falstaff Austrian Wine Guide 2002 |
|The Bienenfresse is a super concentrated Zweigelt that consistently is
rated 90+ by Falstaff. |
|The estate is known for red wine, but also produces a full-range of white
wines of excellent quality.|
Owner & Winemaker: Hans Pitnauer
Vineyard Area: 11 Hectares
Annual Production: 100,000 bottles
Best Vineyards: Kräften; Hagelsberg; Neuberg;
Soil Types: Sandy loam and gravel
Grape Varieties: 80% red wine varieties (Zweigelt,
St. Laurent, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot) 20% white wine varieties (Grüner
Veltliner, Welschriesling, Pinot Blanc, Gelber Muskateller)
Fermentation & Aging: Stainless steel tanks
and oak barriques
2002 Grüner Veltliner Ried Hagelsberg
-An excellent, moderately-priced
Grüner Veltliner, this wine has received good reviews over the years from the
Falstaff Österreich Weinguide. The 2001 vintage received 88 points and 2002
received 86 points.
2002 Pinot Blanc Ried Hagelsberg
-Zesty Pinot Blanc with wonderful
2002 Bienenfresser Ried Bärnreiser (Zweigelt)
-Aged 1 year in French barriques.
-The Bienenfresser is the flagship
wine for the Pitnauer estate. Year-after-year, the Falstaff Österreich
Weinguide has awarded this wine high ratings. The 1997 and 1999 vintages
received 90 points and the 2001 was rated 89 points. The 2002 weighted in at
2002 Pegasos (Syrah)
-Aged in American oak
-Hans Pitnauer was the first
Austrian winemaker to work with Syrah.
-Excellent example of Austrian
|2002 St. Laurent Ried Hagelsberg |
Pinot Noir, this grape produces wines that are velvety with robust smoky
morello cherry notes and soft tannins.
-The grape is
Pinot Noir on steroids!
|2001 Quo Vadis |
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zweigelt.
-Aged 1 year in
-Rated 88 points
|2001 Franz Joseph |
-Cuvée of 50%
Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Zweigelt.
-Aged 2 years in
|1998 Big Game Welschriesling |
Trockenbeerenauslese Dessert Wine that is affordable.
-Rated 92 points
by the Falstaff Österreich Weinguide.