This really unique wine is changing the game for Blaufränkisch forever, It's a light, juicy red, packed with a ton of concentrated red fruit. It's got us all reminiscing of summer and sitting in the park with friends.
Perfect when chilled and it also pairs so well with spicy food! The grapes for this wine stem from tiny vines that remind one of 'Bonsai' trees, hence the name.
Claus Preisinger’s winery is located in a small village in Burgenland, Austria. Claus first started making wine with this father as a hobby, but after working with a neighbouring winemaker for a few years, he decided that wine was his true calling. His first vintage was in 2000, and since then he has expanded his father’s 3 hectares to the 19 hectares of vines he cultivates today.
Claus is deeply committed to working in harmony with nature, and has been certified biodynamic since 2009. He also keeps his cellar interventions to a minimum, strongly advocating for wines that achieve balance naturally.
We are big fans of Claus's winemaking style and have several other wines of his in store. If you like this try Puszta Libre!
Claus Preisinger’s story starts 20 years ago at the tender age of 20 with a few tanks and barrels. The newly trained winemaker had just started working for Hans Nittnaus - back then, and still today, one of the pioneers of early organic winemaking in the
region. What always stayed was his immense talent to reflect purity and balance in his wines.
Around 2006/2007, alongside like-minded growers in the village, he switched to biodynamics and this, in his own words, 'changed everything‘. Today Claus farms around 20 hectares around the North stretch of Lake Neusiedlersee in the villages
of Purbach, Weiden, Gols and Mönchhof. As impressive as his track record has been since the start, his wines truly advanced around 10 years ago with his early-stage experimentation in the cellar (Claus was one of the first to use Georgian
Qvevris and then continued to experiment with vessels from Spain, Italy and even China). His hands-off approach in the winemaking was combined with a naturally occurring earlier harvest and a search for freshness rarely seen in the area
before. The North of Burgenland in some vintages can be as hot as the South of France, which makes the exercise even more so a balancing act. Fast forward to today, Claus’s bottles are some of the most vibrant wines of the entire area and many of
his cuvées have become a hallmark for the Natural Wine movement around the globe - yet his true passion for the coming years is increasingly resembled in his efforts for Cru Blaufränkisch and working out the smallest parcel differences across
many of his vineyards. What we tried in his cellar and what we have received in the past months is nothing short of impressive. We could start a whole new chapter here about his fantastic whites and rosés but more to come on this in the future!