Local Stars - Rosé & Schilcher
Roter Veltliner, Zierfandler, Rotgipfler, Neuburger, Morillon, Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris/Grigio)
Some of Austria’s secret treasures take the form of regional specialities. Roter Veltliner from sandy loess soils produces a creamy white with great aging potential. Complex, deep fruity Zierfandler and Rotgipfler grow mainly in the Thermenregion. Here and in the Wachau we also find the “nutty” Neuburger, with its harmonious finish. And then there are Burgenland’s mineraldriven complex “Leithaberg” whites. Styria offers its own special version of Chardonnay called “Morillon” which can be full of character like our opulent Grauburgunder - the Austrian Pinot Gris. The crisp, bone dry and excitingly aromatic Schilcher is a terroir-driven rosé coming exclusively from the dramatically steep hillsides of western Styria.
Its stunning aroma of black currants and strawberries comes from the unusual grape Blauer Wildbacher, which is said to date all the way back to Celtic antiquity. Schilcher is a rare treat, one of the most unique terroir-wines in the world. Other fresh and crisp rosé wines come from Burgenland and Niederösterreich, frequently made from the grape variety Zweigelt.