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Arachon T.FX.T

A joint project by the three Austrian winemakers Franz Xaver Pichler (Unterloiben, Wachau), Tibor Szemes (Pinkafeld, Mittelburgenland) and Manfred Tement (Zieregg, Southern Styria). In the search for an origin with a distinctive character and great quality potential, Rieden im Mittelburgenland selected. The name was given after the place name used in the Middle Ages for Horitschon "Arachon" (Slav. "The oak tree"). The goal of creating a large Austrian red wine of international format was achieved soon after the first vintage in 1996. After the death of Tibor Szemes in 2001 and Illa Szemes (2018), Oscar Szemes continued the agendas as the main person responsible for winemaking, expansion and sales.

At the beginning of 2018, the partnership between the Arachon families and the "Vereinte Winzer Genossenschaft Horitschon" was terminated. A total of 25 winegrowers with around 27 hectares of vineyards from Rieden in Horitschon and Neckenmarkt deliver their grapes. These are quality-increasing measures in the vineyard such as short pruning, constant foliage work and repeated thin out with thereby reduced earnings contractually prescribed. The wines are now in the winery's new Arachon maturing cellar Szemes vinified in Pinkafeld.

The "Arachon T.FX.T" is out Blaufränkisch (50%), Merlot (30%), Zweigelt (12%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (8%) cuvéted and two years in 100% new French barriques expanded. Since the 2001 vintage, the second wine "A'Kira" (bgld. Dialect for "outcry") has also been produced from Blaufränkisch . This matures (after a single use for other wines) in used French barriques. A total of 100,000 bottles of wine are produced annually, of which 40% are exported. It will also be a Tresterbrand "Gölles" generated.

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