Since 1828 we have been committed to our soils, with a particular respect for the old vines. Over the years, the farm has seen many grape varieties come and go, with only those suited to the terroir remaining. Blaufränkisch tells us of its heritage and thrives in our biodynamically farmed soils. Clay, limestone, gneiss and mica. Unbound yet deeply rooted. Always striving for more refinement, more depth. The Weninger way of wine.
Franz Reinhard Weninger
Franz Ludwig Weninger
- Stephan Reinhardt, Parker
"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"
- Eric Asimov, The New York Times
"Our hands-down favorite was the 2008 Weninger Hochäcker from Mittelburgenland, a graceful, harmonious wine with bright, complex flavors of fruits, flowers and spices."
"Franz Reinhard Weninger an outstanding producer."
- Jamie Goode
"An impressive Blaufrankisch from Weninger. Just beautiful: rich yet quite elegant."
- Read more
Now some people may say I am obsessed with Austria. These rumors are true. How can one country have so many grapes that are explicitly terroir sponges? I came to the Weninger winery as an intern because Blaufränkisch was screaming at me. Also because such incredible farming on a medium-sized estate is something I find impressive and romantic. Speaking with22. October 2018
- Read more
Design by Weninger (available free of charge for affiliated winemakers) Weninger against the machine After a robust Facebook discussion in the past year, it became clear to me how I wanted my 2018 harvest t-shirt to look. We are known for our commitment to hand-harvesting. Not out of a dogmatic attitude but out of respect for certain cultural13. September 2018
In the town chronicles of Horitschon, the first mention of the name Weninger at Florianigasse 11 is in 1828. The Weninger family cultivates a mixed farm, which is typical for Central Burgenland: it has five cows, 25 hectares of arable land, and five hectares of vineyards. The family buys its first tractor after World War II, but as a boy Franz Ludwig Weninger still learned to work the land with a horse.
The Thresher and Rosa’s Promise
In the 1930’s the family orders a mobile threshing machine, which – due to its size and the resulting unwieldiness in Horitschon’s narrow streets – is sent straight back. Great-grandfather Franz sues the company but loses. And the farm goes up for auction.
Six years later, “Uncle Franz”, who had emigrated to America in 1928, manages to raise the money to save the farm. In 1951 he visits Austria for for the first time since he left, waives all claims to the farm, and gives it to Ludwig and Rosa. Out of gratitude, Grandmother Rosa promises Uncle Franz to name her first-born son after him. In 1983 Franz Ludwig Weninger – who because of another promise made by his mother Rosa is actually supposed to become a priest – takes over the family farm.
Martina & Franz
“After we took over the farm,” Martina Weninger remembers, “we realized that there was a whole new clientele for fine wines.” 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. Together with Attila Gere they found a winery in Southern Hungary in 1992 (currently 12 hectares), and in 1997 another one in Hungary close to the Austrian border in Sopron-Balf (currently 25 hectares). Over the years the family farm in Horitschon (currently 25 hectares) is transformed into an exclusively wine-growing operation. After 28 successful years, their son Franz Reinhard, who has been in charge of the Sopron-Balf winery since 2000, takes over the Horitschon estate together with Petra.20. February 2018
Now some people may say I am obsessed with Austria. These rumors are true. How can one country have...
Design by Weninger (available free of charge for affiliated winemakers) Weninger against the machine After a robust Facebook...
Wein und Visionen Ein neuer Blog stellt sich vor. Die Autoren: mehr als fünfzig der besten Sommeliers aus dem...
The View From the Outside When I came back from my internship in California in 1999, I had a...
history of winery weninger
Franz Weningers brillante Weinserie ist der Inbegriff des klassischen mittelburgenländischen Stils. Im Weingarten biologisch und im Keller nur auf...
Das Palais Coburg wurde in diesem Jahr zum zweiten Mal nach 2014 mit dem Titel „Beste Weinkarte der Welt“...
Franz R. Weninger über René Antrag Sein Arbeitsplatz: eines der 10 besten Restaurants der Welt. Sein Job: die perfekte...
Franz R. Weninger über Luka Zeichmann Luka Zeichmann kam während seines BOKU Studiums in der Ernte 2015 auf Zeit...
„Ein frischer Wind. Mein neuer Sommelier kommt mit besten Referenzen, viel Erfahrung und Know-how. Ich freue mich sehr über...
Mit Herz und Hirn widmet sich seit Jahren Franz Reinhard Weninger der Weinwirtschaft. Franz Weninger, der Altvordere, hatte betrieblich...
“Unser Ziel ist es, den Geschmack des Platzes in die Flasche zu bringen. Das Gefühl eines Platzes kann man...