The Schöfmann winery is located in the Weinviertel, the largest wine-growing region in Austria. The winemaker Anton Schöfmann realizes his passion for expressive wines year after year and shares it with Anna and Laurenz, the young generation of the family winery.
What is there to learn about Austrian wine?
General first. In a global comparison, Austria is a rather small wine country, which with 2.75 million hectoliters accounts for just under 1 percent of global wine production. In this point, the great wine nations like Italy, France or Spain have something ahead of us.
What defines Austria as a small-structured wine country is its special diversity. White and red grape varieties, different types of soil and an individual microclimate in the individual wine-growing regions create a wide range of wine styles. Each of the 16 wine-growing regions has its own character, which reflects the unmistakable style of the region.
Image: Vineyards of the Anton Schöfmann winery in Haugsdorf in the Weinviertel
Austria Grüner Veltlinerr?
Austria is seen internationally as a white wine country, after all, 67 percent of the area under vines is planted with white wine grape varieties. The Grüner Veltliner is considered a figurehead and is not only the most cultivated, but also the most famous grape variety in Austria.
Other varieties such as Welschriesling, Riesling and Pinot Blanc play an equally important role and ensure a wide variety of white wine styles, from spicy and fruity to creamy and full-bodied.
Nevertheless, some wine-growing regions, such as Burgenland, have specialized in the production of first-class red wines, as the red grape varieties feel comfortable in Burgenland due to the Pannonian climate influence. The Blauer Zweigelt is an Austrian grape variety that was crossed from the Blaufränkisch and Sankt Laurent varieties at the Klosterneuburg Wine School. Today the Zweigelt is the most common red wine grape variety, followed by Blaufränkisch.
Small red wine islands have also established themselves in other regions. The thermal region, which is located south of Vienna, is known for excellent Pinot Noirs and the Weinviertel also produces expressive red wines that show a small counter-trend in a white wine region.n.
Image: That's us, the Schöfmann family from Haugsdorf in the Weinviertel
The typical Veltliner from the Weinviertel
The Grüner Veltliner plays the leading role in the Weinviertel. Almost half of the Weinviertel vineyards are planted with Grüner Veltliner vines. The white wine produced from it has a particularly characteristic aroma. The typical Grüner Veltliner from the Weinviertel can be described as fruity, fresh with a crisp acidity and peppery flavor.n.
In order to define this fresh, fruity character as the authentic taste of the Weinviertel, the Weinviertel was classified as the first DAC region in Austria in 2002. The Weinviertel DAC stands for the typical, spicy Grüner Veltliner and has become known throughout Austria and internationally.
Red wine island in the Grüner Veltliner area
In the middle of the Weinviertel, far north on the Czech border, there is a small island that practices viticulture a little differently. The decisive difference is the grape varieties and the climate. Even if the Weinviertel is known for the Grüner Veltliner, here, in the area around Haugsdorf, thanks to a long tradition, red wine is predominant.d.
The main reason for this is the special microclimate and the loamy-sandy soils. Low precipitation and the geological conditions are ideal for red wine production. The vineyards around Haugsdorf are therefore called the red wine island of the Weinviertel. In the white wine sector, however, the Grüner Veltliner is also of great importance here.g.
Image: Red wine tasting at the Anton Schöfmann winery
The Hutberg as a trademark
This is where the Schöfmann family's winery is located, whose passion for red wine and Grüner Veltliner fits perfectly into this region.
If you drive up the Kellergasse in Haugsdorf, you will reach the Hutberg, which is considered to be one of the best red wine locations. The red wine cuvée, which has been the trademark of the Schöfmann family since 1990 and is celebrating its 30th birthday this year, is named after this vineyard.
Wine takes time
In the vineyard, all family members help to get the best end result. Even if many hours of work have to be invested at the end of the wine year, one recognizes the quality for which it is worthwhile to look after the vines carefully..
In the wine cellar, the harvested grapes are processed depending on their origin and taste properties. There is no such thing as a perfect recipe for making wine; instead, instinct and years of experience are crucial. For the Schöfmann family, it is important to give each wine the time it needs to develop its characteristics ideally. Mash standing, yeast storage, aging in wooden barrels and bottle aging are used specifically to give the white and red wines a special expression.
The range offers Grüner Veltliner in three different stages, followed by a wide range of red wines, both pure and as a blend. Local grape varieties such as Zweigelt, Blauer Portugieser or Sankt Laurent reflect the profile of the region. Grape varieties such as Cabernet or Pinot Noir prove that considerable red wines can also be vinified in an international style in the Weinviertel..
Image: Culinary and wine go together for our family
About the winemaker Anna Schöfmann
Anna Schöfmann and her brother Laurenz are the next generation in the Schöfmann winery, which is located in northern Lower Austria. Three generations work together here with a shared passion for expressive red and white wines. The winemaker Anton Schöfmann is supported by the younger generation in all areas of wine production and at events. The grandfather also makes a great contribution and is on hand with advice and action in a family business, one complements each other..
Anna discovered her love for wine during her five year tourism education. She was able to take part in national and international wine competitions and thus got to know the diverse and exciting wine industry. In 2017 Anna decided to study International Wine Business to learn more about wine production and the wine market. With an increasing interest in wine, Anna took on more and more tasks in her family's winery and, together with her brother Laurenz, helped shape the future of the Schöfmann winery.t.
„What I enjoy most about life as a winegrower is being out and about in the vineyards, in vinotheques and at events. The love of the product is just as important as innovation and openness to new ideas.“
Image: Anna Schöfmann