Gruner Veltliner Ried Brunnthal Erste Lagen – 2019

Region: Austria - Wagram


Established in the early 1960s, three generations of the Leth family have worked tirelessly to establish Weingut Leth as a renowned Fels am Wagram winery.  The Leth family are members of the Traditionsweinguter Osterreich (the association of traditional wineries in Austria). They strive to convey the highest and best characteristics of their region, their soils, their climate and their grape varieties through the wines they produce. Franz Leth, Franz Jr. and the entire Leth family are committed to the deepest expression of place.

The Wagram region of Austria is home to Europe’s most extensive loess soil formations. The region formed when glacial winds blew fine particles of agglomerated clay, sand and lime – loess – onto the prehistoric bedrock of the ancient course of the Danube river. The layers are up to 65 feet/20 meters deep and enable vine roots to delve deeply and absorb water and nutrients from the mineral-rich subsoils. Combined with the benevolent climate and wide temperature variation from day to night, perfect conditions combine to create unique terroir wines.

Throughout the winery’s history continuing to the present, the family Leth farms and produces wines with passion, idealism and innovation.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Brunnthal vineyard is situated on the top of the hillside of Fels au Wagram.

  • Altitude: 984 feet/300 meters
  • Exposure: Strictly South
  • Soils: pure Loess, rich in limestone
  • Huge diurnal temperature swings provide intense fruit aromas
  • Vine age: 35 – 50 years
  • No herbicides for 25 years
  • No pesticides for 10 years
  • Loess terroir and green cover crops eliminate need for irrigation and fertilizer, following organic standards with full Bio certification from 2021
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested and berries selected by hand
  • Gentle whole cluster pressing by pneumatic press
  • Skin contact for 3 hours
  • Settling for 12 hours
  • Clear juice fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks using selected yeasts
  • After 5 weeks wine racked with full yeast into large Acacia barrels
  • Aged on lees approximately 9 months
  • Bottled in August
Winemaker's Notes

Medium green-yellow color. Apricot and yellow apple with delicate notes of tobacco, herbal and peppery spice comprise a multifaceted bouquet. Full bodied and complex with passion fruit and pepper flavoring the firm mineral structure. Displays finesse and character, authentic in style, mirrors perfectly the chalkiness of the terroir.

Wine Summary

100% Gruner Veltliner; alcohol: 13.5%; single Brunnthal “Erste Lagen” vineyard; pure Loess soils; vines 35 – 50 years old; no herbicides, pesticides, irrigation or fertilizers; hand harvested; gentle whole cluster pressed; 3 hours skin contact; fermented in stainless steel tanks for 5 weeks; aged 9 months in large Acacia barrels on full lees; Certified Sustainable Austria wine.

Technical Information
  • 100% Gruner Veltliner grapes
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Total Acidity: 5.7 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 1.2 g/l
  • Certified Sustainable Austria wine


93 Points

The scent of ripe yellow pear blends with rich, creamy yeast notes on the nose. There is a real pithiness and a slight but pleasant bitterness on the palate that is reminiscent of Russet pear peel. All this is made more vivid and intense by ripe lemon freshness. This is beautiful, textured and concentrated.

Wine Enthusiast, March, 2021

16 Points

Calcareous and silty soil, wide temperature variations. Screwcap. Fresh pears on the nose, ripe stone fruit. Lots of white pepper. Light and dancing on the palate. Not particularly intense or long, but all in harmony. 2021 – 2024

JancisRobinson.com, September, 2020

93 Points

From highly calcareous and silty soils in a vineyard that is characterized by extreme temperature amplitude between days and nights, the 2019 Ried Brunnthal 1ÖTW Grüner Veltliner opens with really coolish, precise and herbal fruit on the elegant, coolish-flinty and calcareous nose. Silky and charmingly elegant on the palate, this is a rich and powerful, fleshy, juicy and structured Grüner that is remarkably finessed and finishes with fine salinity, delicate tannin structure and fine bitters. Excellent indeed. 2024 – 2035

© Wine Advocate, December, 2021

General Info

Country Austria
Region Niederösterreich
Appellation(s) Wagram
Proprietors Franz Leth Family
Founded 1960
Winemaker Franz Leth Jr.
Annual Production 25,000 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable