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Discover a juicy Austrian Blaufränkisch grown on calcareous loam.

Markus Altenburger
Blaufränkisch Vom Kalk 2020
Burgenland, Austria
– Biodynamic, Organic, Natural –

$25.95 / bottle ($311.40 / case)
*HST & bottle deposit not included.

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Grown on calcareous loam, the Blaufränkisch Vom Kalk 2020 is down-to-earth: fruity without being too superficial, persistent without being too demanding.

The wine is produced without the help of technical or chemical tools, spontaneous fermented on the must, and matured primarily in large old wooden barrels.


Pictured above: the rocks of Markus Altenburger’s vineyards


It is the house wine, the neighbourhood wine, the friendship wine – one that everybody wants to pour in the glass – a perfect meal companion or to be enjoyed solo with a good conversations and silent thoughts.

High-toned, bright, black cherry in the nose leading to a nice density despite its slight frame. Lushly-fruited with tart fruit skin, cherry pit, ginger spice, and saline, pungent, and chalky mineral nuances.


Pictured above: Markus Altenburger



The Altenburger family has farmed land in and around Jois since the 16th century. Their vineyards are only half an hour from Vienna, but seemingly in another cosmos altogether.

Markus is fascinated by Blaufränkisch – the red grape of Burgenland. He works with massal selections from his Gritschenberg vineyard’s old vines. There, loose clusters and small berries are well adapted to the dry Pannonian summers. The grapes express the schist for fruiter wines charming in their youth, as well as the limestone, for length and structure.

The wines express this tension, the influences of limestone and schist soils, and something of the wild abundance of nature.

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During our visit in Spring 2022, we had the pleasure to taste through Markus’ range of red wines that were dominated by the Blaufränkisch.

Tasting the wines with reference to his different parcels and soil types taught us all about the nuances of his terroirs. It was a pleasurable deep dive into the effects of limestone and chalk on Blaufränkisch, and how it translated into a great textural sensation in the glass… all in all proved Markus’ undeniable winemaking genius.


Pictured above was an oyster fossil found in Markus’ vineyards from millions of years ago when the area was covered by an ocean. Does it remind you of Chablis? Well, we bet it does!

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