Weingut Hirsch Winery

Regarded as one of the young, leading winemakers in Austria, Johannes Hirsch combines the quality of his renowned vineyards, dedication to viticulture and precise winemaking to craft wines of the highest class. Johannes works exclusively with Grüner Veltliner and Riesling, bottling most of his cuvees as single site, single terroir wines.

Hirsch takes full advantage of the distinct terroirs found in the Lamm, Gaisberg and Heiligenstein vineyards. The Lamm vineyard, with its south-facing slopes, and soil composed of loess and loam lends itself to wines that combine power, focus and structure. Considered to be Grand Cru quality and one of the best vineyard sites in Europe, Heiligenstein, a bowl-shaped vineyard with southern exposure and conglomerate soils of desert sandstone imbedded with decomposed volcanic and carbonized vegetation, produces classy, celebrated wines of great purity. In close proximity to the Heiligenstein vineyard, the Gaisberg vineyard exhibits soils of fertile brown earth and crystalline rock creating wines that are dense with mineral and intertwined with exotic floral notes. Johannes farms his vineyards sustainably and biodynamically and is certified by RESPEKT! Natural efforts have been made to ensure physiologically ripe grapes including high density planting (5,500 vines per hectare), low trellising, canopy management and handpicking. His father began using manure for compost over 30 years ago by trading hay from Hirsch's agricultural fields to a friend Robert Paget in the neighboring village. Paget is a cheesemaker and his goats and water buffalo eat the hay and their manure is transported back to Hirsch for compost to fertilize Johannes' vineyards.

The winemaking process is marked by ambient yeast fermentations, whole cluster pressing, slow vinification, late bottling and release of the wines upon appropriate maturation. In 2003, Hirsch was notably the first producer to bottle all level of his wines in Stelvin closure. A five-year study has just been completed by Austrian wine-magazine Vinaria validating the efforts surrounding Stelvin closures. Johannes Hirsch is one of the most innovative and renowned winemakers in Austria and was name "Winemaker of the Year" by Falstaff Magazine in 2011.

Vineyard area: 31 hectares

Top sites: Lamm, Gaisberg, Heiligenstein
Soil types: Loess, eroded mica slate topped with brown soil, eroded primary rock with desert sands and volcanic particles
Grape varieties: 60% grüner veltliner, 35% riesling, 5% chardonnay

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Hirsch Gruner Veltliner 2016
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92  James Suckling 
James Suckling 92 "Plenty of lime, lemon rind and grapefruit character. Full body, dense and very fruity with bright acidity. Drink now. Screw cap. Publish Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017"  Tasting Notes The label will change to something less whimsical, as ‘Hannes started to feel it was too
Item Number: 27233
Bottle:$15.95
Case: $191.40
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Hirsch Gruner Veltliner 2014
89  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 89 "Flinty, peppery overtones yield to a more fruity opening with a little air, the palate further reveals savory yeast undertones and lively citrus zestiness. This is very slender, light-bodied and crisp. A simple summer wine offering far more than fruit."  Vinous Media 87

Hirsch Gruner Veltliner 2013
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90  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 90 "Citrus oil richness; exotic inner-mouth perfume of bittersweet flowers and resinous green herbs; and tropical lushness of papaya and pink grapefruit aren’t what I would have expected from an entry-level and alcoholically light Grüner Veltliner. But I’m not complaining! Buried in

Hirsch '#1' Gruner Veltliner 2012
87  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 87 "The basic Hirsch 2012 Gruner Veltliner is pungently herbal and a touch bitter but in the context of such infectious juiciness the effect is partly positive in its invigoration. Some underlying spicy, smoky savor akin to Virginia tobacco lends a bit of richness. Plan to enjoy this

Hirsch '#1' Gruner Veltliner 2011
" CORE-LIST WINE, and for the second year running, absurdly good. Aromatically, palate, finish – palate especially, which has a complex herbal note on its lentil and fava-bean body. In its echelon this is as complex, solid and focused as it gets – and this with 11.5% alc! It was not deacidified, and

Hirsch # 1 Gruner Veltliner 2010
"Typical and beautiful Veltliner spicing, zesty, aromas of citric fruits and green apples underscored with notes of pepper; a slender, crisp and nervy wine with undertones of juicy fruits; Good bite, extremely vibrant, exhilarating. In its echelon this is as complex, solid and focused as it gets –

Hirsch '#1' Gruner Veltliner 2009
 "CORE-LIST WINE. This wine is just way too good. Sensational aroma that almost  mimics the riper fragrances of a Renner; oleander and vetiver; the palate is light, or light-ish, and creamy and very beautiful, elegant and serene, full of sweet grain and  roasted corn, but it all swishes away with