Winery PRIELER, Schützen/Gebirge
“Wine is poetry in bottles.” One could not describe the wines of the small but fine family winery more aptly. The main part of it is located in Schützen am Gebirge, although a considerable part of the vineyards is also located in the neighboring village of Oggau. In each cardinal direction there is a different soil composition, and so it is easy to explain that the best sites could be chosen for the individual varieties. However, in order to produce the finest white and red wines for many years now, one needs a lot of intuition.
Georg Prieler, the young oenologist with experience abroad, has this gift. He always makes his decisions intuitively, and that is a good thing, because wines are produced here that remain in the memory. Soil and terroir are certainly not empty talk for the Prielers: limestone soils are found in the Seeberg and Sinner vineyards, which lie in the direction of Lake Neusiedl and provide the grapes for the great white wines. Ungerbergen stands for sandy loam with pebbles and is an ideal location for late-ripening varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon. Goldberg, the undisputed best site of the house, offers barren mica schist and is predestined for Blaufränkisch, the most traditional and important variety.
The Prieler family always bases the vinification of its wines on the characteristics of the respective site. Accordingly, the Pinot Blanc Seeberg ferments exclusively in stainless steel tanks after extensive maceration, so that fineness and freshness are preserved. The Blaufränkisch Johanneshöhe, on the other hand, is “schooled” in large wooden barrels. And the very famous Blaufränkisch Goldberg gets its incredible smoothness during its stay of up to 26 months in 500-liter barrels. The latter Blaufränkisch Goldberg is a wine of superlatives, which has already won the “Falstaff Reserve Trophy” twice – in 2005 and 2008.
But the Prielers have also been able to strike it rich with white wines at the “Falstaff Burgundy Trophy”: Two trophies were won with the Pinot Blanc Seeberg 2004 and the exceptionally matured Chardonnay Seeberg 2001. No wonder, then, that the family was named “Winemaker of the Year” in 2009.