About us

Committed to our soil since 1828, we pay attention to the old vines. Over the years, we tried many varieties, selecting those which complimented the terroir. Blaufränkisch, harkening back to it’s heritage, thrives in our biodynamicaly farmed soil. Clay, lime, gneiss and mica. Boundless but rooted. Refined and ingrained as the task of our time, growth within. Weninger is more.

  • "Excellent purity. If you like Baga, Barbera or Cabernet Franc from the Loire, the Hochäcker is a lovey alternative from Austria’s Blaufränkisch paradise."

    Stephan Reinhardt, Parker
  • "Full-bodied, silky and vital, with finely  grained tannins this rare and expressive wine delivers a long and tension-filled finish and reveals a great purity, concentration and mineral freshness. Excellent structure and aging potential"

    Stephan Reinhardt, Parker
  • "Our hands-down favorite was the 2008 Weninger Hochäcker from Mittelburgenland, a graceful, harmonious wine with bright, complex flavors of fruits, flowers and spices."

    Eric Asimov, The New York Times
  • "Franz Reinhard Weninger an outstanding producer."

    Decanter
  • "An impressive Blaufrankisch from Weninger. Just beautiful: rich yet quite elegant." 

    Jamie Goode

History

In the town chronicles of Horitschon, the name Weninger has first been mentioned in 1828. The Weninger family, being typical farmers in Central Burgenland, run a mixed agriculture: 5 cows, 25 hectares of arable land and 5 hectares of vineyards. The first tractor is purchased after World War II, but still Franz Ludwig Weninger as a boy learned to work with the horse.

Martina & Franz
“After we took over the farm, we realized that with fine wines, it is possible to reach a very different clientele than before”, remembers Martina Weninger. Franz Ludwig Weninger often compares the loamy soil on his best sites Hochäcker, Kirchholz and Dürrau to Pomerol. When it comes to vinification, he opts for long maceration.

Franz and Martina expand their business very quickly. In 1992 they found a winery in Southern Hungary together with Attila Gere (currently 12 hectares), and in 1997 close to the Austrian border in Sopron-Balf (Hungary, currently 25 hectares). In addition, they exclusively focus on winegrowing on the parental estate in Horitschon (currently 25 hectares). After 28 years of successful work, their son Franz Reinhard takes over the estate in Horitschon together with Petra. He already managed the estate in Sopron-Balf since the year 2000.