Roland Velich has a passion and vision for Blaufränkisch, Burgenland’s native grape. Coming from a winemaking family, he aims to produce high quality and complex red wines from Blaufränkisch that has the same high potential and quality similar to that of Pinot Noir. After purchasing a winery in Mittelburgenlad, the heart of Blaufränkisch country, he went against the stream by organically farming his vines and being faithful to the ancient traditions of the wine region as possible, while still enhancing the delicacy of the wines.
Roland’s wines is not something that you could find anywhere else in Austria as his pre-clonal vines are ones that you can find cultivated mostly in Mittelburgenland, vinified as if they were Grand Cru Burgundies. In 2006, David Schildknecht, Robert Parker’s wine critic awarded a top score ever achieved by an Austrian red wine. Additionally, he stated that “Roland Velich is not longer working with his brother Heinz at the family estate in Apetlon, but pursuing his own dream, working with old vines in the heart of Blaufränkisch country”.