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Pittnauer Gerhard

The winery is located in the municipality Gols in the Burgenland wine region Lake Neusiedl (Austria). Gerhard and Brigitte Pittnauer took over the business in the early 1990s. The vineyards cover 18 hectares of vineyards, for example in the vineyards Altenberg, Fuchsenfeld, Haidboden and Rosenberg. 95% of the red varieties St. Laurent, Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as the white varieties Grüner Veltliner, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Welschriesling are cultivated. Gerhard Pittnauer is considered an Austrian specialist for St. Laurent, his main grape variety. Since 2006 Biodynamic viticulture operated. The vines are planted with a high density of up to 7,000 per hectare. The trunk height is a maximum of 80 centimeters. Great importance is attached to an ideal ratio of grapes / leaf mass. The yield is limited to six grapes per stick.

The newly built "cellar" is a special feature, because from the delivery of the grape material, the vinification to filling and packaging, all processing steps take place on the same level, so to speak on the ground floor. The time of harvest is determined by analyzes of PH value, Acid and sugar content determined. Ultimately, the decisive factor is the taste of the ripe berries (bite in, suck out, taste) - that means "experience and feeling". In principle it will be one spontaneous fermentation (without pure yeast). The red wine mash is fermented in fermentation tanks made of stainless steel, in wooden fermentation stands made of oak and occasionally also in open vats or in barriques. The mash is mixed by pumping round, spraying the pomace cake with the juice and pounding the marc,

After the biological acid degradation, the red wines are stored for an average of 16 months in medium toasted barriques at a temperature between 10 and a maximum of 16 ° Celsius. During the expansion, the evaporation loss is constantly supplemented and the wine is controlled by sensors. When bottling, it is gently filtered, then it is aged for a few months until it is marketed. The premium wines include several St. Laurent wines from various vineyards, Pannobile rot (Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch ), Pinot Noir Reserve, and the cuvée White Vines (Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc. Around 130,000 bottles of wine are produced each year. The winery is Member of the winegrowers' associations Pannobile and respect.

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