Fritz Wieninger, Vienna


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Fritz Wieninger

The Wine Major

If anyone can be credited for the rebirth of Wiener Gemischter Satz in Austrian and its growing popularity in other countries of the world, it is Fritz Wieninger. Born in 1966, Fritz Wieninger wasted no time taking over the family business at 21 years of age. Within three short years, he began winning press accolades for his wines and business exploded.

It wasn’t until 1999 that he took a keen interest in Gemischter Satz after sampling his Nussberg bottling, a single-vineyard wine, and immediately realizing its potential (comparing it to unoaked Meursault). In 2006, he founded WienWein (“Vienna Wine”), a group of prominent winemakers that sought to advertise the legitimacy of Gemischter Satz around the world. Shortly after, in 2009, he became the head of the Wiener Gemischter Satz Association. At the start of the 2013 vintage, these concerted efforts led to Gemischter Satz wines being granted their very own appellation: Wiener Gemischter Satz DAC. Wieninger is a member of the vintners’ association Österreichische Traditionsweingüter and a member of Respekt, a certifying body for biodynamic viticulture in Austria. Today, Fritz Wieninger stands for top wines that are from Vienna - and are internationally known.

Why decide between a Grüner Veltliner, white Burgundy, and Alsace Pinot Blanc when you can have it all-in-one? Today’s bottle is an iconic style of Austrian wine—Gemischter Satz—that is finding a wider audience the world over.” – Ian Cauble MS

Fritz Wieninger is probably the most vocal ambassador – and one of the most exciting producers – of Gemischter Satz.” – Darren Smith, The Drinks Business

Fritz Wieninger, another leader of the Gemischter Satz movement, farms his vines biodynamically—and his wines never fail to burst with vitality.” – Anne Krebiehl MW, Wine Enthusiast