Grabenwerkstatt is a winery which remains one of the most exciting discoveries of my career.
Deep in the western extremes of Austria’s beautiful Wachau Valley, Michael Linke and Franz Hofbauer produce some of the most ethereal and elegant grüner veltiner and riesling from their handful of stunningly beautiful, steeply terraced vineyards. Working biodynamically and entirely by hand, they make wines with a special ability to capture every bit of personality and character from their unique vineyard sites.
Having travelled around the world making wine in a number of highly regarded wineries such as New Zealand’s Felton Road, the duo returned to Franz’s home village in the rolling Austrian countryside and in 2014 set up a small winery in his parents’ garage, making tiny quantities of extraordinary wines.
2019 was the vintage of the decade for Austria and this is evident in these already consistently spectacular wines; with an exceptional balance of ripeness of fruit, power, finesse and wonderfully pure and vibrant acidity. This year, along with the remarkable Wachauwerk Grüner Veltliner, I am very excited to have also been able to secure a small parcel of Grabenwerk Grüner Veltliner – the bigger brother to Wachauwerk, which beautifully showcases the terroir of the steep, high-altitude vineyards of the extreme westerly end of the Spitzer Graben valley.
The quantities produced by Franz and Michael are miniscule and we are lucky enough to take the vast majority of what makes it into the UK. However, it is still like gold dust. Previous Grabenwerkstatt releases have sold out extremely quickly due to the small volumes available. These are without doubt some of the most exciting wines that I have had the pleasure to work with and so I urge you to act fast so as not to miss out in what was a platinum vintage.
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Grabenwerkstatt Wachauwerk, Grüner Veltliner, Wachau 2019
‘Tight, tense and exciting. Really very good and obviously this has a great future.’
– Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com
Generous but fresh and precise Austrian white wine from perhaps the most exciting new winery in the Wachau. 2019 was a 10/10 vintage but quantities remain miniscule. From 40-year-old vines from a vineyard in the Eastern Wachau, with seemingly endless layers of aroma, an alluring hint of incense, stone fruit and pepper spice. Really special.
Low stock: limited to six bottles per member
Grabenwerkstatt Grabenwerk, Grüner Veltliner, Wachau 2019
From the steep, harsh and dramatic slopes of the stunning most westerly end of Austria’s famed Wachau region comes this beautifully linear, saline and ethereal grüner veltliner. With glacial fruit, mouthwatering pepper and remarkable length on the palate, this is a true representation of the cool-climate ‘Side Valley’.
Low stock: limited to six bottles per member .