Over a 100 Years of Viticulture
Winemakers need to have the patience of a saint. Grapes will always grow at their own pace. And wines will leisurely mature in the cask at precisely the correct rate. In Droß, the expression that good things come to those who wait is taken particularly seriously: the quality and know-how with which Weingut Buchegger is synonymous are the result of a process of growth spanning more than a century.
It all started back in 1893: the Buchegger family has been devoted to winemaking ever since. The wine growing tradition in Gedersdorf dates back even further, and this is where most of Weingut Buchegger’s vineyards are located. The first documented record of Gedersdorf is dated 1190. At this time, it was the surrounding monasteries that owned the vineyards and harvested the finest grapes from the Rieden Holzgasse and Moosburgerin, whose names have not changed for 800 years.
Gedersdorf is also where Walter Buchegger grew up. He was taught the process of pressing by his father, Leopold, from an early age, and it was Leopold himself who began bottling self-pressed wines in 1965. Walter Buchegger took over from his father in 1994 and established his respectful, delicate method of vinification on some of the best sites of the Kremstal. A vineyard in Kamptal was added later.
In 2006 Weingut Buchegger relocated its wine cellar to Droß, where the first harvest was processed in the same year. The 11 hectares of vineyards remained, of course, in Gedersdorf. These vineyards yield mainly Grüner Veltliner and Riesling, but Roter Veltliner, Chardonnay and Zweigelt are also produced.
Meanwhile Weingut Buchegger has never been shy to embrace new ideas. Since the grubbing of the Merlot vineyards, Roter Veltliner grapes have been cultivated on the terraces of the Ried Tiefenthal. They were harvested for the first time in 2014, and this dry wine has been part of the Weingut Buchegger range since 2015.
In 2010 Walter Buchegger also began to focus intensively on sparkling wine (Sekt) and champagne. His first base wines for Sekt were harvested in 2014. Walter’s legacy is the „Buchegger Große Reserve 2014“, a Sekt made from Chardonnay grapes with a 36-month period of maturation on lees.
Since Walter Buchegger’s sudden passing in June 2018, his partner Silke Mayr, who from years of experience knows the business inside out, has continued to run Weingut Buchegger together with her accomplished team, led by cellarmaster Michael Nastl. Which means that Buchegger wines will retain their typical characters: naturally typical of the region, elegant and easily digestible, characteristic of the loess and conglomerate residual soil – while the search for new ideas that will improve quality even further never ceases.