Small Producer Wine Dinner at Cafe Linnea
The former Austro-Hungarian Empire encompassed what are now some of the finest wine regions in central and eastern Europe. Two of those regions are Austria and Italy’s Alto Adige, which is still referred to as Sudtirol (South Tyrol – Tyrol was an estate of the Holy Roman Empire, fell to the House of Hapsburg, became part of Austria-Hungary and ultimately part of Italy).
Two outstanding, family-owned, independent wineries will be showcased paired with the award-winning cuisine of Chef Kelsey Johnson. Wineries to be featured are:
Wachter-Wiesler, Burgenland Austria: Christoph Wachter began working at his family winery in 2008 when he was just 20 years old. He took over full responsibility in 2010, and now organically farms 14 hectares of vineyards in Südburgenland, in the towns of Eisenberg and Deutsch Schützen. The most prized terroir is the green schist of the Eisenberg hill, regarded as one of the finest sites for producing Blaufränkisch in Austria, producing wines of great finesse and focus. Deutsch-Schützen’s soils are denser with a deeper layer of loam, resulting in darker spicier wines with softer tannins. Christoph only uses native yeasts and the wines are aged in large barrels so as not to obscure them with oak. The resulting wines are incredibly elegant, expressive, superlative expressions of Blaufränkisch that age well, though are incredibly approachable and pleasurable when young. The Wachter-Wiesler wines always have a characteristic silky texture, floral aromatics, elegance, minerality and bright acidity.
“The stage was set for a winemaking revolution. It began with the move away from new oak for ageing and towards lower alcohol levels pioneered by the then almost absurdly young Christoph Wachter of the Wachter-Wiesler winery in Deutsch Schützen. For him, this was all about letting the floral (violets and lilac), black fruit (elderberry and sour cherry) and spicy aromas (black pepper and clove) from the grape shine, and allowing the dry tannins and bright acidity of the grape to speak clearly rather than being smothered by flavors extracted from new oak barrels.” Stuart Pigott, JamesSuckling.com; “Thanks to the dynamism of a handful of great producers, (Blaufränkisch) is finally getting the dignity it deserves. And Wachter-Wiesler is leading the way.” - Michelle Bouffard (Quench Magazine)
Elena Walch, Alto Adige Italy: "Encouraging quality and innovation, Elena Walch stood at the head of the Alto Adige quality revolution and has gained local and international esteem for her efforts. An architect by trade, Elena Walch married into one of the oldest and most significant wine families of the region and brought new, modern concepts to the traditional establishment. Now, the responsibility for the family business is being put into the hands of the daughters, Julia and Karoline Walch, already the fifth generation. The philosophy of the estate is dedicated to its terroir – the idea that wines must be the individual expression of their soil, climate and cultivation in the vineyard – and that this must be maintained according to principles of sustainability and passed on to the next generation. The winery currently has 60 hectares in cultivation, including the two top vineyards Castel Ringberg in Caldaro und Kastelaz in Tramin.
6:00pm Reception; 6:30pm Dinner
Elena Walch Pinot Bianco 2018
Wachter-Wiesler Handgemenge Blaufrankisch/Zweigelt 2017
Elena Walch Sciava 2018
Wachter-Wiesler Blaufrankisch Eisenberg ‘Bela Joska’ 2017
Elena Walch Lagrein 2018
Wachter-Wiesler Blaufrankisch Eisenberg Reserve ‘Ried Ratschen’ 2014
The wines are in high demand globally and produced in limited quantities, but guests will have the opportunity to purchase these wines at special prices. Quantities are very limited.
Menu and wines are subject to change. If you have severe allergies and dietary restrictions, please inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org before purchasing tickets to see if they can be accommodated. It may not be possible to accommodate.
This dinner is part of the Vinomania Small Producer Dinner Series sponsored in part by Northern Lands.
Must be at least 18years old to purchase tickets and attend. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Space is limited. All sales are final. No refunds, returns or exchanges. Please do not drink and drive.