"Gerhard and Brigitte Pittnauer produce exciting wines with a proud expression of the local grapes and the terroir.”
The soils in Burgenland are constituted of a contrast between the chalk-based, steep slopes of the Leithaberg and the salty lakes and sandy soils on the more easterly Seewinkel. One can also find a different soil composition in Eisenberg in southern Burgenland, like unique layers of basalt in the Styrian town of Klöch, or limestone and clay in the Südsteiermark. This diversity of soils and microclimates allow the production of both, red and white wines.
A Passionate Lineage
Weingut Pittnauer is a family business led since the mid 80s by Gerhard Pittnauer. Then 18 years old, he had to train himself to make wine in the midst of scandal and chaos in the Austrian wine market. He chose to farm the indigenous grapes of the region. He thinks to ‘grow’ wine rather than to ‘make’ it in the cellar. Gerhard and his wife Brigitte decided to create what they call living wines. All work is done manually from composting to pruning. There is no calendar that drives them. Nothing is rushed: they believe in quality over speed. They taste for perfect ripeness, select the cleanest grapes, and begin the wine in the cellar in response to the conditions of the vintage.