The Estate

bulletThe winemaker Hans Pitnauer was instrumental in making Carnuntum its own wine region.
bullet“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
bulletThe Bienenfresse is a super concentrated Zweigelt that consistently is rated 90+ by Falstaff.
bulletThe estate is known for red wine, but also produces a full-range of white wines of excellent quality.

 

 

Vital Statistics

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Owner & Winemaker: Hans Pitnauer

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Vineyard Area: 11 Hectares

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Annual Production: 100,000 bottles

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Best Vineyards: Kräften; Hagelsberg; Neuberg; Bärnreisser; Schüttenberg

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 Soil Types: Sandy loam and gravel

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Grape Varieties: 80% red wine varieties (Zweigelt, St. Laurent, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot) 20% white wine varieties (Grüner Veltliner, Welschriesling, Pinot Blanc, Gelber Muskateller)

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Fermentation & Aging: Stainless steel tanks and oak barriques

 

 

The Available Wines

 

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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.

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2002 Pinot Blanc Ried Hagelsberg

-Zesty Pinot Blanc with wonderful citrus flavors!

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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 90 points.

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2002 Pegasos (Syrah)

-Aged in American oak

-Hans Pitnauer was the first Austrian winemaker to work with Syrah.

-Excellent example of Austrian Syrah!

bullet2002 St. Laurent Ried Hagelsberg

-Related to 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!

bullet2001 Quo Vadis

-Cuvée of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zweigelt.

-Aged 1 year in French barriques.

-Rated 88 points by Falstaff.

bullet2001 Franz Joseph

-Cuvée of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Zweigelt.

-Aged 2 years in French barriques.

bullet1998 Big Game Welschriesling

-A Trockenbeerenauslese Dessert Wine that is affordable.

-Rated 92 points by the Falstaff Österreich Weinguide.

 
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