Christian Tschida (pronounced like cheetah) has the great fortune to cultivate 10-hectares of old vines that have been with his family for 4 generations, since the 19th century. The winery is located in the Neusiedler See part of Burgenland, the eastern most point of Austria, more traditionally known for red and sweet wine production. The vineyards consist of sandy gravel, schist and limestone, which all enjoy a moderating influence from the extremely large and nearby Lake Neusiedler.
Christian has a very hands on approach in his vineyards, preferring to let nature take its course. His wild looking parcels are instantly recognisable - overgrown with cover crops that both preserve biodiversity in the vineyards and force the vines to bury their roots deep into the soils in search of nutrients.
His wines are all foot stomped, spontaneously fermented in closed tanks that sit outside in the shade, and racked with the help of gravity. The wines spend a great deal of time in barrel, in contact with oxygen, some for as many as 5 years before bottling. Many of the wines receive no addition of sulphur, except for some of the reds, which Christian feels would benefit from a small dose of at bottling.
We are extremely proud to import these wines, on an exclusive basis to the NZ wine consumer. Like Gut Oggau these wines are pushing the envelope not of only Austrian wine, but wine all over.