Weingut Alphart, a family operation based in Traiskirchen in the heart of the Thermenregion dating back to the mid 1700s. Fast-forward 250 years to 1986, when Karl Alphart took the reins, expanding and modernizing. Today, his son Florian is the winemaker and they farm nearly 30 hectares. Karl remains hands on in the vineyards and is responsible for the white wines at Freigut Thallern. On the white wine side, they grow Gruner Veltliner, Neuburger, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling, but over 50% of their vineyards are planted to Chardonnay and their prized white variety, Rotgipfler. They also work with a host of red varieties including Zweiglet, Pinot Noir, Cabernet, and Merlot. The broad range of varieties are showcased by the Alpharts in their traditional Heuriger, the name given in Eastern Austria to taverns that are operated by the winemakers in which they offer only their wines alongside traditional, local fare at limited times during the year.
Florian took over the winemaking in 2007 at the same time the family undertook construction of an updated and modernized cellar in Traiskirchen. All of Alphart’s vineyards lie on the sloping foothills of the Vienna woods on the western side of the Thermenregion. Here the vineyards are sheltered by two mountain peaks. On the north by the Eichkogel and on the west by the Anninger. They act as a rain trap and a shield against cold northern winds, providing for a warm, sunny, dry growing season that is blessed by refreshing breezes from Hungary’s Pannonian plains to the east. With warm, dry autumn weather, the Thermenregion’s climate is a match for the late ripening Rotgipfler. The soils in the northern aspects of the Thermenregion around Traiskirchen are a brown earth, clay and limestone mix that has proven over the centuries to be well suited to Rotgipfler and Neuburger, lending both varieties a mineral clarity.
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