Kleinhadersdorf, Weinviertel, Austria
Weinrieder are incredible white wine specialists based in
the centre of the Weinviertel region in Austria, in the village of Kleinhadersdorf. Owner and winemaker Freidrich Rieder and his
family are intent on producing high quality, fruit-driven wines and Eisweins. As well as producing peppery
Gruner Veltliners typical of the area, racy full-flavoured Riesling, fine
Chardonnay, and rich, minerally Weissburgunder Rieder has a great reputation as an Eiswein specialist and the wines regularly achieve marks of 90+.
The estate comprises about 20 acres across the best south/southwest-facing sites,
growing Grüner Veltliner, Riesling, Weissburgunder, Chardonnay and the
indigenous red grape St. Laurent, which is used to make a light pink eiswein. The single vineyards Birthal, Kugler, Schneiderberg, Hohenleiten, and Bockgärten are particularly renowned. The predominately loess and loam soils impart minerality to compliment the characteristic “pepper” spiciness found throughout the region. Early and consistent work in the vineyards, including an extremely rigorous green harvest, promotes thick skinned fruit able to withstand a long hang time. Production is relatively simple – the winery is full of spotless stainless
steel tanks for long cool fermentations with extended lees contact. Rieder
feels that, as so often in cool climate winemaking, preparation and the timing
and careful execution of the harvest are his most important tools.