Roter Veltliner Klassik – 2022

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

Loess-terraces vineyards along the hillsides in Fels am Wagram, Wagram DAC.

  • Altitude: 656-985 feet/200–300 meters
  • Soil: Partly sandy, gravel soils with Loess cover
  • No herbicides for over 25 years
  • No insecticides for over 10 years
  • Loess soils and terrior, and green soil covering eliminates need for irrigation and fertilizers
  • Following organic standards, formal bio certification from 2021
  • Certified Sustainable Austria wine
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested with strict berry selection
  • Skin contact 3-4 hours
  • Pneumatic press, 12 hour settling
  • Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks
  • Racked and filtered within 3-4 months
  • Bottled from January onwards
Winemaker's Notes

Subtle nose of red apple and sweet melon. Juicy tropical fruit mix on the palate with the perfect balance of acidity and a kiss of sweetness. Creamy spice creates a warm and lingering finish.

Wine Summary

100% Roter Veltliner; alcohol: 12.5%; terraced vineyards in Fels am Wagram hillsides; sandy and gravelly loess soil; no herbicides, pesticides, irrigation or fertilizer; hand harvested with strict berry selection; skin contact 3-4 hrs; fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks; racked and filtered within 3-4 months; bottled from January; Certified Sustainable Austria wine.

Technical Information
  • 100% Roter Veltliner
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Total Acidity: 6.2 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 3.6 g/l

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