Gernot and Heike Heinrich founded their winery in 1990 with a single hectare and have steadily grown to nearly 90 hectares of vines today. In 2002, the Heinrichs completed construction on a new, ultra-modern winery in Gols giving Gernot “space to work.” The first wines from this new cellar were marked by power and concentration, but in recent years Heinrich has abandoned this style in favor of balance and elegance. In 2009, Heinrich became a member of Respekt, a certifying body for biodynamic viticulture in Austria, a concept that embraces the principles of biodynamics but ultimately puts wine quality first.
Location of Vineyard
Neusiedlersee, named for Lake Neusiedl, is a winegrowing area located north and east of the lake and is home to the Heinrich winery. Here the moderating effect of the lake combines with the warm Pannonian climate, and its alluvial soils provide ideal conditions for red grape varietals. The Heinrich estate consists of three main vineyard areas: Heideboden (sandy-loam soils that stretch from Gols toward the shores of Lake Neusiedl); the cru sites of Parndorfer Platte (low-lying hills with gravelly soils located near the winery and home to several historically important vineyards); and the Leitha range (limestone soils on the northwestern edge of the lake).
Zweigelt, St. Laurent, and Blaufränkisch are the specialty of the Heinrich winery and are produced as both varietal wines and top-quality blends. Gernot and Heike’s decision to convert to biodynamic viticulture in 2006 was based on the goal of making their vineyards successively more resilient and vital. At the same time, it allowed them the freedom of increasingly less intervention. All wines are fermented spontaneously and are often left the skins for several weeks. The wines remain unadulterated on their own lees, for the most part in used wooden barrels, resulting in an authentic and truly genuine expression of Burgenland.