Leth

Gruner Veltliner Ried Steinagrund – 2021

Region: Austria - Wagram

Leth

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

Single vineyard Steinagrund is a fully terraced hillside in Fels am Wagram. “Steinagrund” translates to “stony ground.”

  • Altitude: 721-919 feet/220–280 meters
  • Aspect: South
  • Soils: Stony, gravelly soil, slightly to deeply covered with Loess
  • Vine age: 30 years
  • No herbicides for over 25 years
  • No insecticides for over 10 years
  • Loess terroir and green cover crops eliminate need for irrigation and fertilizer, following organic standards
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested with strict berry selection
  • Destemmed, 12 hours skin contact
  • Settled for 12 hours
  • Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks using indigenous yeasts
  • Aged 5 weeks, then portion racked into a separate stainless steel tank to preserve primary fruit characteristics
  • Remaining juice racked into large, neutral Acacia oak barrels with fine lees
  • Aged on lees until blending and bottling in April
Winemaker's Notes

Ripe aromas of honey melon, yellow apple and a touch of quince. Ethereal exotic hints add to the juicy palate, leading to classic Gruner Veltliner notes of herbal, peppery and spicy fruits on the long, vivid and bone-dry finish.

Wine Summary

100% Gruner Veltliner; alcohol: 12.5%; single, terraced Steinagrund vineyard in Wagram from 721-919 feet; vines about 30 years old; hand harvested with strict berry selection; skin contact 12 hours; settled 12 hours; fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks using indigenous yeasts; after 5 weeks part racked to fresh stainless tank, part racked on fine lees into neutral Acacia wood barrels until blending and bottling in April; Certified Sustainable Austria wine.

Technical Information
  • 100% Gruner Veltliner
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Total Acidity: 6.4 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 1.8 g/l
  • Certified Sustainable Austria wine

Reviews

Although Austria’s Wagram region, just outside Vienna on the Danube, isn’t as famous as Kremstal or Wachau farther downriver, producers like Leth are drawing attention to it with wines like this floral, grapefruity, effortlessly balanced white.

Food and Wine Magazine, March, 2024

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