Alexander Egermann – On 6 March 2024
uncompromising, authentic, wines with style
Who am I?
I am Alexander Egermann, 30 years old and I make wines.
My name adorns my label. Straightforward, precise, distinctive, original. Just like me. Just like my wines. Constantly striving for even higher quality and my personal drive for perfection are the incentive and motivation for my daily work. I give each wine a lot of feeling and the time it needs to become what it should be. If I didn’t do that, the wine wouldn’t be like me and I wouldn’t be like the wine. The foundation stone of every wine lies in the vineyard. That’s why I like to be there often.
It’s really fun to work where others go on holiday – next to vines and flowering meadows, between vines and birdsong, in an infinitely free natural environment. I don’t miss anything here. I feel at home. But sometimes it gets tough. Especially when nature shows its harsh side. That’s bitter. But that’s wine.
Warm, dry, salty
The soil profile of our vineyards is varied. Sand, gravel and black earth soils dominate. In general. Then there are also combinations. With very different and often varying proportions. Some clay can also be found here and there in the soil formations. Salty minerality is a particular issue in the Lacken area and near the shores of Lake Neusiedl..
Lots of sun, little water
The Pannonian climate is characterised by hot summers with low rainfall and cold winters. These extremes range from up to 40°C in summer and -20°C in winter. Around 2,000 hours of sunshine per year and a low annual rainfall of max. 600mm require the vines to root very deeply in order to access water and nutrients. Another decisive factor for the special microclimate in our vineyards and consequently for the ripeness of the grapes is Lake Neusiedl.
grassl (Philip Grassl) – On 27 February 2024
EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE.
Our estate, which is by no means a chateau but a medium-sized family business in its third generation, is located in the centre of Göttlesbrunn. A very quiet place in a quiet area. The landscape is gentle and thoroughly characterised by viticulture. The people who live here are down-to-earth and not so different from others elsewhere. Boring? On the contrary! That’s exactly what we love. It gives us the peace and freedom to devote ourselves to the subtleties, the details, the little things and the idiosyncrasies without being distracted by trivialities and to make our wines the way we make them. Honest, down-to-earth, timeless and unmistakable.
GOOD IS GOOD. BUT A LITTLE BETTER IS ALWAYS BETTER.
Anyone can be bigger, more famous or more international than us. That is not our ambition. We concentrate on what we are good at and understand and strive to become a little better wherever possible. We do this mainly based on the local red wine varieties Zweigelt and Sankt Laurent. Purely varietal or also refined with cuvée partners such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Welschriesling, Grüner Veltliner, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, which we cultivate both out of tradition and passion, make up around a fifth of our production. So as not to see too much red, so to speak.
PRICES HAVE TO BE EARNED. WHETHER HIGH OR LOW.
Awards, especially the Falstaff Winemaker of the Year award, are admittedly something wonderful. But not so much because of the “15 minutes of fame” that you get for it, but above all because it confirms that we are doing some things right. Whereby “we” very definitely includes our employees in the background, to whom we owe a not insignificant share of our success. And despite all the discussions that teamwork entails, we always agree on one thing: what is really good is what you do with the ambition to do it with full commitment and genuine enjoyment with every new attempt and every year. Apart from that, we are firmly convinced that the pleasure you get from our wines is the pleasure we put into them in the first place