Gruner Veltliner Ried Scheiben 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

Scheiben vineyard is located on the heart of the Wagram slope.

  • Soils: Pure Loess, rich in limestone
  • Age of vines: over 50 years
  • No herbicides for 25 years
  • No insecticides for 10 years
  • Loess terrior 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. Elegant aromas and flavors of Golden Delicious apple and passionfruit are enveloped in delicate orange zest and a dash of peppery spice. Tautly structured with juicy acidity. Tropical fruit notes combine on the dark, mineral finish. Scheiben vineyard is a character on its own, with expressive fruit and majestic length. Excellent aging potential.

Wine Summary

100% Gruner Veltliner; alcohol: 13.5%; single Sheiben “Erste Lagen” vineyard; pure Loess soils; vines over 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: 1.4 g/l
  • Certified Sustainable Austria wine


94 Points

This wine is rather shy nose does and not want to reveal much. It is on the body that the smooth, peppery, citrus freshness begins to unfold. This is unobtrusive, elegant and quietly fizzing away, with so much freshness and peppery verve.

Wine Enthusiast, March, 2021

90 Points

A generous, ripe gruner with just enough acidity to keep it on track. Nice, creamy texture and crowd-pleasing, ripe pear and apple aromas. Drink now.

jamessuckling.com, September, 2020

16 Points

In the centre of Wagram, on gently sloping terraces, south-east facing, loess. Screwcap. Lovely open fruit profile of pear and citrus, even a touch of apricot. On the palate, more tension than I expected after the rich aroma, leaner and stonier yet well balanced and persistent. Stony dry finish. 2021 – 2024

JancisRobinson.com, September, 2020

93 Points

From sandy-loam soils dropping a mighty layer of loess, the 2019 Ried Scheiben 1ÖTW Grüner Veltliner opens with a deep, complex and calcareous-scented nose of ripe white fruits, tobacco and crushed stones. Very elegant and refined on the balanced palate, this is a rich and full-bodied, firmly structured and sustainable Scheiben Veltliner that is more dramatic and grippy than the generous Roter Veltliner from the same site. The finish reveals stimulating and gastronomic grip yet indicates that the wine should be cellared for 2-3 more years. 2024 – 2037

© 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