Vintage 2018 - classic & promising

A very cold winter saw temperatures down to -15°C in February. This was followed by a very warm Spring with unseasonal temperatures at the end of April of up to 25 °C. Usually at this time of the year, we are often threatened and worried by frosty nights; fortunately we were spared that this year.

The warm weather resulted in an unusually early bud burst as well as an early flowering which began at the end of May. For comparison, in 2017 flowering started on June 5th, in 2016 on June 17th and in 2015 on June 10th. So this year it was about three weeks earlier than average.

The whole summer was hot and dry, however, not as dry as 2017. This year there was intermittent rainfall. Luckily we were not affected by the heavy hail damage at the end of July that occurred mainly in Spitz. The high precipitation (90mm/m²) in combination with the warm temperatures right at the beginning of the harvest, presented us with some extra challenges. High rot pressure (especially for Riesling) forced the use of strict and detailed selections – very labour intensive. Additionally low sugar contents in the grapes we had to play out a waiting game and be very patient.

At the beginning of the harvest (beginning of September), we struggled with hot and summery temperatures (very exhausting for all our pickers). Around the full moon (towards the end of September), there were a few very cold nights – perfect conditions for a great aroma development. The end of the harvest culminated in a lovely Indian summer – the best conditions for picking Smaragd grapes.

The conclusion after 39 days of harvest (5.9.-19.10):

We are very satisfied in terms of quality and quantity. The wines tend to be slightly lighter and more elegant than 2017 – fruit driven, tense and very promising.

2018 is the first vintage in our recently built wine cellar, the grapes are handled more gently, and the production is more efficient. This will have a positive effect on the quality of our wines.

By the way, it has also advantages to start earlier, because whoever starts earlier with harvesting, also finishes earlier.


Think big...

Magnum_Josef_Fischer

One bottle is not enough for you? You plan a party and have no idea what to offer? Christmas is just around the corner and you still look for cool presents?

Our Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Privat is available in all sizes and is suited for small events and big ones as well.

1,5 liter magnum bottles or 6 liter methuasalem for the bigger thirst, we would love to help you to take the right decision.


Current tasting events

Some dates for tasting events in 2017 are already fixed. We would love to welcome you there:

18th - 20tht of March 2018: Pro Wine Düsseldorf

5th - 6th of May 2018: Weinfrühling Wachau

9th - 11th of June 2018: Vievinum  Hofburg Vienna

 


Wine Enthusiast with great ratings

Wine Enthusiast, one of the leading wine magazines in the USA, tasted wines from the Wachau Valley and also rated our wines. We got 92, 91 and 90 points for our Federspiel wines which are available in the US market. That's fantastic news and it reflects our great value for money.

We are especally very proud of our entry wine, Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Rossatz 2016, with 91 points.

So even our basic wines are just great....

Here you will find our ratings


Harvest report

After a very cold winter, compared to the previous one, bud burst appeared in a long term average. During the last week of April, pretty similar to 2016, some frosty nights threatend our vineyards again, but fortunately it became a little warmer with no damages on the vines. The whole spring weather was very dry, even the deeper regions in the soils dried out.

At this time, we started with the first important work in the vineyards: weeding. Therefore we remove unneeded shoots to get a breezy canopy. Due to a very dry and hot weather in the summer time, our irrigation systems were launched to help the vines as much as possible. From the middle of July to August our Grüner Veltliner vineyards got thinned out to increase the quality of the grapes and prevent some heat stress.

The harvest time started on the 15th of September, which was 10-14 days earlier than normal. During the first three weeks, we picked the grapes for our Federspiel series. At the beginning the picking itself occuried pretty fast because of very healthy grapes. After some rainy days during the first week of October, some grapes very affected by botrytis and from then on, detailed selection was necessary, to still bring healty grapes into the cellar. The harvest for our Smaragd series happened from the second week of October on. A late indian summer stopped by, so we needed to pick quickly to prevent too high sugar contents in the must.

On the 25th of October, just one day before national holiday, we finished our harvest with lots of smiles. Quality and Quantity are great....

Kreuzberg  Kirnberg  Riesling Kirnberg


Austria rated...

We received very nice ratings in the wine guides of Falstaff and A la Carte, our path seem to be the right one...

Falstaff:

93 points: Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Privat 2016

93 points: Riesling Smaragd Ried Kirnberg 2016

92 points: Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Ried Steiger 2016

92 points: Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Ried Frauenweingärten 2016

92 points: Riesling Smaragd Ried Steiger 2016

90 points: Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Ried Steiger 2016

90 points: Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Ried Kreuzberg 2016

90 points: Riesling Federspiel Ried Steiger 2016

89 points: Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Ried Zanzl 2016

89 points: Riesling Federspiel Ried Kirnberg 2016

88 points: Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Rossatz 2016

 

A la Carte:

93 points: Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Privat 2016

93 points: Riesling Smaragd Ried Kirnberg 2016

92 points: Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Ried Steiger 2016

92 points: Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Ried Frauenweingärten 2016

92 points: Riesling Smaragd Ried Steiger 2016

90 points: Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Ried Steiger 2016


The huchenpepi from the Wachau Valley...

... that's the title of the latest article of Vinaria. Great texts about the fish farming and the winemaking.

You'll find it here


Harvest report 2016

The vintage 2016 began with an average winter, followed by a moderate bud-break season. In end-April we were affected by frost, which lasted for almost one week. It caused immense damage throughout Austria. Immediately thereafter, we estimated around a 30% loss.

Summer was dominated by rainy days with high temperatures during night – ideal conditions for downy mildew. Plant protection was extremely labor intensive and time consuming. Nevertheless, we could not prevent losses in volume and damage to the grapes completely.

The month of September was beautifully warm – consistently reaching temperatures up to 30 degrees or higher. October continued rather wet with many rainy days which forced us to take several harvest breaks. However, after 26 harvest days, we finished at November 5th. Despite the slightly smaller volume and an extremely work-intensive year, the quality in terms of must weight and acidity is very promising and we expect firm and vibrant wines. We are looking forward to a great 2016 vintage.


Josef Fischer about his passion

Christoph Hoch, wine maker colleague from Hollenburg, visited us in the course of the Wachau Gourmet Festival and was pretty interested in our Huchen farm.

To see more videos, click here


Wachau Wine World

A cultural and historical kaleidoscope...

This is how book writer Fritz Friedl calls his new book about the Wachau Valley. Our winery is also mentioned nicely.

For all who love history books especially about the wachau valley, we highly recommend this one.

You will find the books here:

Texts

Pictures


Late frost in April 2016

Unfortunately we don't always have good news:

During the week from the 25th of April to the 1st of May 2016 we experienced some cold nights under 0° Celsius in the Wachau Valley. So young shoots of a size of approx. 1 - 2 cm got highly damaged, the result is a loos of nearly 100% of fruit.

Unluckily, lot's of our vineyards got damaged too. To form an estimate about how big/small the vintage 2016 will be, we need to wait one or two more weeks. Then we will probably see, if half frosted shoots start growing again.

Let's hope for the best...

Anyway, we took some great photos while protecting the grapes:


Falstaff results

At the Falstaff-Federspiel-Cup 2016 we let our whole range of our 2015 wines check on more time. The results are pretty fantastic:

92 points: Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Ried Zanzl 2015 (5th position)

91 points: Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Ried Steiger 2015

90 points: Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Ried Kreuzberg 2015

91 points: Riesling Federspiel Ried Steiger 2015 (6th position)

90 points: Riesling Federspiel Ried Kirnberg 2015


What Belgium, Switzerland and Arzl have in common...

... easy: at all these places you will find Josef Fischer wines from now on:

Belgium / Antwerp-Haasdonk:
Wijnhandel Bauwmans - www.wijnenbauwmans.be
 
Switzerland / Gstaad
Vino at Kohli - www.vinoatkohli.ch
 
Tyrol / Arzl

Wein Neururer - www.wein-neururer.at


Weinfrühling and wine fairs

On the 30th of April and 1st of May 2016 we will open our doors for you presenting our range of the fantastic 2016 vintage including all Smaragd wines from Grüner Veltliner and Riesling.

Furthermore we will present our wines on these wine fairs in 2016:

Pro Wein Düsseldorf: 13. - 15.3.2016

Vievinum Vienna: 4. - 6.6.2016

Save the dates...


Harvest report 2015

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What we do in autumn...

... we guess you know that anyway. But if you're interested in HOW we do that, you should click here


new Video

A new video about our vineyard work is online now.

Check it out here ...


2014 wines at Wine Enthusiast

Fantastic ratings for some of our 2014 wines at Wine Enthusiast:

93 points: Riesling Ried Kirnberg 2014

93 points: Riesling Ried Steiger 2014

91 points: Grüner Veltliner Ried Steiger 2014
 
Click here for the notes

new Falstaff ratings 2015

In Falstaff's new wine guide 2015/16 we got great ratings for our wines again:

90-92 points: Grüner Veltliner Reserve Ried Steiger 2014

90-92 points: Grüner Veltliner Reserve Privat 2014

89-91 points: Grüner Veltliner Reserve Frauenweingärten 2014

89-91 points: Riesling Reserve Ried Kirnberg 2014

89-91 points: Riesling Reserve Ried Steiger 2014


Salon Wine 2015

Our Grüner Veltliner Ried Steiger made it again. It became a Salon Wine 2015. Therefore it's one of the best 265 rated wines in this challenge.

On these dates, you can taste all 265 wines including our Grüner Veltliner.

1st and 2nd of September 2015: Casino Velden

7th of September 2015: Casino Kleinwalsertal

10th and 11th of September 2015: Casino Innsbruck

15th and 16th of September 2015: Casino Salzburg

29th and 30th of September 2015: Casino Linz


Grüner Veltliner Grand Prix 2015

We are very happy about our Grüner Veltliner Ried Steiger 2014 who made it to the third position of this year's Falstaff Grüner Veltliner Grand Prix.

At the Falstaff-Weißwein-Gala 2015 we finally got our award.

Click here for the wine

Click here to go the the article


New ratings

Some of our wines got fantastic ratings in the last month and we won't hide them from you:

Wine Enthusiast:
Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Ried Steiger 2013: 93 points
Riesling Smaragd Ried Kirnberg 2013: 93 points
 
get more information here
 
100% blind tasted:
Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Privat 2013: 93 points
 
get more information here

Something, that never comes to an end...

We messed our website around on more time. In a positive way....

Under videos , you'll find videos from our work in the vineyards and the cellar to be always up to date. A few videos are online already, so don't miss it.


Weinfrühling 2015

The Weinfrühling Wachau 2015 takes place on the 2nd and 3rd of may 2015, and we offer you our whole range from the 2014 vintage.

You'll find more information here


jag älskar sverige

From now on you will also find our wines in Sweden. Our new partner, LB Vinimport AB, is located in Huddinge, arround 10 kilometres south of Stockholm and has got our Rieslings from the single vineyard Steiger in his programm. We are very proud of it and it's definetely a milestone for our winery.

Click here to go to LB Vinimport's page


new Facebook Fanpage

Since summer 2014 you can find us on facebook, the biggest social media website world wide. Join us there and go with us the fascinating way of minemaking.


Harvest report 2014

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No Falstaff Wine Guide without Josef Fischer

Excitement! We have longed for the latest Wine Guide of the high-circulation wine and lifestyle magazine Falstaff. Editor in Chief Peter Moser accommodates the wines of 2014 and proves 480 wineries in Austria and South Tyrol concerning their wines. Almost like an annual report, the wine guide is presented like a snap-shot of the Austrian wine scene. For you, as a customer and wine lover as well as for us as winemakers, the 17th edition of the Falstaff Wine Guide includes important information and great comparisons. It's now our third time in the book and we are very proud of the results:

(92-94) points: Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Privat 2013

(91-93) points: Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Frauenweingärten 2013

(91-93) points: Riesling Smaragd Steiger 2013

(91-93) points: Riesling Smaragd Kirnberg 2013

(90-92) points: Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Steiger 2013

90 points: Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Steiger 2013

 

Click here to open our ratings as a PDF file


Our new Salon wine 2014

Again, we have reached one of the most demanded places with our Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Frauenweingärten in the toughest wine competition of Austria: SALON Austrian Wine 2014. Every year, 7.000 samples are tested, and since 2010 our wines have been selected from a reowned jury and are counted to the 260 best wines.

Besides its full body - reminiscences of tropical fruits and oranges - our Grüner Veltliner develops spicy notes. It plays fascinatingly between acidity, extract and minerality.


Fischer wines in Styria, Denmark and Italy

Introducing, our new partners from Styria, Weinwelt Wenzel, Denmark - Ludv. Bjørns Vinhandel A/S in Kopenhagen and Italy - Enogourmet in Frosinone. They have fallen in love with our wines from 2013. Whenever you are on holiday and miss your beloved wine from the Wachau, you have the chance to save your day!


At last, something sweet: Riesling Beerenauslese 2013

Finally our Riesling Beerenauslese 2013 is ready for sale. This certificated dessert wine wins with nuances of stone fruit, smooth sweetness and luxuriance. You can get the dessert wine in 0,375 l bottles, convenient to whichever occasion you have planned. Riesling Beerenauslese 2013 is especially remommended to sweet chocolate desserts with fruits. Treat yourself!


Fantastic results at the Federspiel Cup 2014

The 4th position is the first looser...

... definitly not this time. Our Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Ried Kreuzberg (91 points) and Riesling Federspiel Ried Kirnberg (91 points) achieved both (!!!) the 4th rank out of 173 submitted wines at the Falstaff Federspiel Cup 2014. Fantastic.

But this is not it.

Our Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Ried Steiger (90 points), Riesling Federspiel Ried Steiger (90 points) and Cuvée Hucho (89 points) are also listed in the best Federspiel wines of the vintage 2013.

click here to get more information about our wines


Wine shows (may - june)

Wachauer Weinfrühling: 3rd + 4th of May, 10am – 6pm

Spring arrived and so we present our new wines of 2013. During the "Wachauer Weinfrühling" we open our doors again. We are really looking forward to, seeing you in our winery and taste the whole range of our wines in the Federspiel and Smaragd range.

click here for more information

 

Falstaff Federspiel Gala: Merkur, Hoher Markt, 1010 Wien, Tuesday 13th of May, 5pm - 9pm

Our wines are listed in the Falstaff best Wachau Federspiel wines again. In Vienna, Merkur Hoher Markt, Falstaff arranges a wine show presenting the best wines of the tasting. We would love to meet you there.

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Vievinum: Hofburg Vienna, 1010 Vienna, 14th to 16th of June, 10am - 6pm

Visit us at our booth and taste our whole range of 2013.

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Josef Fischer wines in New York

Eight weeks on journey, but now our wines finally arrived in the USA. We proudly present our new partner T Edward wines for presenting our wines in the area of New York.

Click here to see our portfolio of T Edward Wines


actual tasting opportunities (march-april)

Haven't tasted the new fischer wines yet? Take the chance here:

March 23th to 25th: PROWEIN DÜSSELDORF

April 1st: Hotel Diplomat in Prague

April 2nd: Hotel Suitess in Dresden


New website

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Harvest report 2013

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