Buchegger, Blauer Zweigelt (2016)
Weingut Buchegger was established in 1893 and Walter Buchegger is the sixth generation to run the family estate. He took over from his father in 1994. He has 11 hectares of vines located in the Kremstal on mostly loess soil that he farms following the Austrian “Integrated Process” or IP. IP is a bit stricter than “Organic” in that it has more stringent limits on the amount of copper sulfite used in the vineyards and machines are not allowed in the vineyards so that the soil is not compacted which leads to healthier root systems and vines.
Walter mainly grows Grüner Veltliner and Riesling, with a smattering of Zweigelt, Chardonnay and Merlot. The top sites in his holdings are the Gebling, Holzgasse, Pfarrweingarten, Moosburgerin, and Tiefenthal. The Bucheggers are proud that their vines have been around before scientists were working on clonal breeding and that their vines are all massale selection from the time the winery was established. It is very important to Walter that his wines are elegant, balanced and give a pure and easy to drink sensation.