Central and South Burgenland - Blaufränkisch on its highest level
Blaufränkischland, or the “Land of Blaufränkisch”, is one of the centres of Austrian red wine. In Deutschkreutz, Horitschon, Lutzmannsburg and Neckenmarkt, deep clay soils help provide ideal conditions for the Blaufränkisch variety. The wines are characterised by distinctive bramble aromas as well as a dense texture.
Old vineyards, highly qualified winegrowers and efficient, modern cellars make for red wines that are of top-quality and full of character. Blended wines from this area are composed mainly of Zweigelt, St. Laurent and Merlot - as blending partners of Blaufränkisch - but the main emphasis in the wines is on the Blaufränkisch character.
Mittelburgenland DAC stands for traditional and regionally typical Blaufränkisch wines. Blaufränkisch has a complex bouquet offering aromas of blackberry, dark cherry and blueberry combined with spicy notes of herbs and mint. The rather pronounced fruit is rounded off by the balanced acidity on the palate. Blaufränkisch wines have a distinctive tannin structure, a great mouth feel and a structured edgy finish. Fuller, stronger versions have good ageing potential while classic wines are best drunk within five years. The ripe fruit aromas typical for Blaufränkisch Reserve wines are often accompanied by soft roasted aromas. The ageing potential of the Reserve wines lies between seven and fifteen years.
The small winegrowing area in southern Burgenland is a kind of “wine idyll”. The small wineries and approximately 250 Buschenschenken – quaint rural inns run by winegrowers who serve their own wines along with small meals - underline the romantic character of the area. The effects of the Pannonian climate are noticeable in the picturesque hilly landscape, too. The “wine road” (Pinkataler Weinstraße) through the valley of the Pinka river, near Rechnitz, invites you to discover elegant and savoury wines, and white Burgundian-style wines. Around Eisenberg and Deutsch-Schützen, Blaufränkisch vines grown in ferruginous clay soils engender red wines with an individual character. The vineyards in this winegrowing area are situated in the midst of a charming landscape, and the many Buschenschenken promise true local pleasure – simply ideal!
The most striking elevation in southern Burgenland lends its name to the regionally typical wine: Eisenberg DAC stands for the fruity yet mineral, earthy Blaufränkisch which gets its taste from the loamy, mineral-rich soils characteristic of southern Burgenland. The wines can be matured in steel tanks or in wooden casks, but should demonstrate little or no use of oak. Eisenberg DAC wines are also available with the additional designation of „Reserve“. These wines are particularly complex with excellent ageing potential.