Fritz Wieninger, Vienna


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Fritz Wieninger


Vienna may have 300 wine growers, but few are as passionate and forward-thinking as Fritz Wieninger. Overseeing the family winery started by his father in the 1960s, Fritz has not only grown its output and reputation but also re oriented it to the future by converting to biodynamic practices. The 2011 vintage was the first to feature biodynamic wines. Sipping wine with Fritz next door to the family Heuriger, now run by his brother, Fritz talks about the struggles of making wine in Vienna and the responsibility of winemakers to future generations. After a stint in Napa Valley, he took over the winery in 1987 and, in 1999, picked up land at the highly regarded Nussberg vineyard. In the intervening years, Fritz became a champion of the city’s wines and its typical white wine, ‘Gemischter Satz’, a field blend of various grape varietals grown together. But his biggest leap was to biodynamics, a process he began in 2008. Asked what precipitated the change, he mentions his three children, saying he grew concerned for the future and that it was “my duty to do something.” He had noticed the downward spiral of ever worse results from spraying, reaching as he calls it a “dead end” in 2005. “And at the end of the day it’s better for the quality of the wine,” he concluded. Today, Fritz Wieninger stands for top wines that are from Vienna - and are internationally known. And he is a forerunner of high quality wines from Vienna