Weninger Winery (AT)

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Weninger Winery

The success story of the winery began in 1982, when Franz Weninger took over the parental Horitschoner operation. As one of the first wineries in Central Burgenland, he switched his business to a modern way of producing quality wine. In 1996, Franz Weninger was named "Winemaker of the Year" by Falstaff. Franz Weninger always knew how to adapt quickly to innovations. As the first mid-Burgenland winemaker, he switched his winery from 2005 to an organic farm. In Austria, the winery is one of the pioneers of a straightforward red wine lifestyle with reduced use of wood.

In 2012, Franz Reinhard Weninger, who previously headed the winery in Balf near Sopron, also took over the responsibility for the Horitschon operation. His father, Franz Weninger, continues to support him as a senior partner. Since 1984, the Weninger family has been operating in Balf near Sopron, Hungary in the locations Spern Steiner and Frettner Weinbau. Franz Reinhard Weninger has been operating in Balf near Sopron since 2002 (since 2012 he also manages the winery in Horitschon). In 2006, Balf switched to organic farming. In the same year, the new construction of the winery in Balf.


Sopron occupies a special position in Hungary. The town with around 60,000 inhabitants, which gives the wine-growing region its name, lies far to the west of Hungary and towers like a needle into the neighboring country of Austria. Due to its exposed location and proximity to Lake Fertő, the Sopron wine region has a more temperate climate than the rest of the country. In winter it is more pleasant, in summer cooler and wetter, in autumn it is mostly sunny and dry. Therefore, on the slopes of the foothills of the Alps, soils of clay, loess, limestone and slate, as well as the rest of Hungary, produce some excellent red wines from local vines, especially Blaufränkisch (Kekfrankos), but also Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon. But also the white wines from Sopron can be proud of! They are mainly made from the grape varieties Chardonnay, Grüner Veltliner and Sauvignon Blanc.

The vineyard of Weninger around Balf near Sopron cultivated area is 24 hectares. Premium wine is a mineral Kékfrankos (Blaufränkischer) from the vineyard Spern Steiner, which has mineral soils interspersed with gneiss and mica schist. The location Spern Steiner is considered to be a prime location in the Sopron area. A classically developed Kékfrankos in the low-priced price segment also comes from this location. In the situation of Frettner the soils consist of Parabraunerde with deposits of highly weathered bedrock. At Balf, in addition to Kékfrankos, there are Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Fehérburgundi (Pinot Blanc). As the 2003 Budapest newspaper reported, Weninger's "Merlot and Syrah wines are among the best that Hungary has to offer in red." Around 60 percent of production is sold directly in Hungary, with the remainder being exported (mainly to Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom).