“When all the elements of the ecosystem are in perfect harmony, the wines develop their distinctive character that only nature can bring forth.” – Rupert Summerer. Rupert was born into a long lineage of winemakers and, though his dream growing up wasn’t to take over the family estate, he nonetheless became the “next generation.” The estate was established in 1679, when the family practiced mixed farming. After 300 years, Rupert’s father converted the farm into a winery and focused completely on viticulture. Vineyard management and farming has always been primary to the Summerer family and regarded with uncompromising quality standards. Davis Weszeli joined the winery in 2011 as a partner, at which time the estate was renamed. Davis and Rupert share the philosophy that organic viticulture is of the utmost importance in preserving authenticity in wine and together they developed a name for their practices called The Principal Terrafactum – meaning biological diversity in the vineyard is the center of their work. In the cellar they treat each wine based on its own unique character, such as letting the wine sit with its lees or in barrel for as much time as needed, regardless of release shcedule. The results are always piercingly mineral focused whites with incredible depth and personality.
Lay of the Land
The Weszeli estate is situated in the Kamptal region of Austria, and their 30 hectares of Gruner Veltliner and Riesling vineyards surround the town of Langenlois. The Kamptal is a unique valley region in Austria and one that sits at an altitude of 200-300 meters. The summer days area hot, though with the warm Pannonian winds that meet the cooler Northwest winds, the nights cool down significantly, causing high diurnal fluctuations. The soil is primarily loess, gneiss, and clay, ideal for growing Gruner Veltliner and Riesling. The long growing season and sunny autumn days allow the grapes to reach full physiological maturity. The Kamptal has been long known to produce some of Austria’s finest white wines.
Weszeli - 2012 Riesling, “Purus”
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