Jessica Altieri, CEO and Certified Sommelier of Wine Channel TV, met with Christoph Wachter of Winery Wachter-Wiesler to kick off “Sip Some Austria.” Winery Wachter-Wiesler is a small wine region in Südburgenland, Austria. Winery Wachter-Wiesler is included in the Eisenberg DAC, regarded as one of the finest sites for producing Blaufränkisch in Austria. Deutsch Schützen’s soils are dense with a deeper layer of loam, resulting in darker spicier wines with softer tannins.
Christoph Wachter started winemaking early to support his parents and he took over the family business, Winery Wachter-Wiesler, in 2010 at age 20. Since his ownership of Winery Wachter-Wiesler, Christoph Watcher has been named Newcomer of the Year 2014 by Magazine Gourmet, Winemaker of the Year 2014 by Trophée Gourmet A la Carte, and Trendsetter of 2015 from VINEUS Wine Culture. His wines, harvested from these steep slopes of Deutsch-Schützen, are clear, fruity, earthy wines with fascinating tannins resulting in distinctive wines with strong personality that have won countless awards. Christoph Watcher made the decision to begin harvesting au natural, avoiding herbicides and pesticides entirely. This organic wine cultivation requires meticulous attention and deep care as Christoph explains, “No additives, no barrel…the natural way: processing with the aid of gravity, spontaneous fermentation with no yeasts, gentle treatment during the entire fermentation process and storage in large wooden barrels. We take in the cellar so far as possible, the wine does practically everything by itself.” Stay tuned to Wine Channel TV for more exclusive “Sip Some Austria” featured videos. Prost!