Paul Achs returned to the family winery in Gols in 1991 after spending time in California where he learned to produce red wines at the highest level of quality. Achs transformed the estate from white wine production to red in the mid-1990s and was essential in the formation of several growers associations, raising the profile of wines produced in the area. Today, Achs grows 90% red grapes from 58 acres of biodynamically farmed vineyards. He is considered an expert with Blaufränkisch which represents over half of his production and is known for wines characterized by elegance and finesse. Paul Achs was awarded Falstaff’s “Winemaker of the Year” in 1994.
Location of Vineyard
Gols is a small winemaking village located in the Neusiedlersee district of Austria’s Burgenland region. The vineyards of Paul Achs are situated in two main areas around Gols. Heideboden, a flat and gravelly area between Gols and the lake, is a consistent source of fresh and easy drinking red wines. The second area is the Parndorfer Platte, a south-facing escarpment of complex soils situated near the villages of Gols and Mönchoff. The Parndorfer Platte is the source of Achs’ three single vineyard Blaufränkisch: Ungerberg, Altenberg and Spiegel. Here, the diversity of soil combines with a southern exposure to give wines of profound expression and longevity.
Paul Achs joined the Respekt biodynamic group in 2006 and all 58 acres are farmed biodynamically. Yields are limited to 35 hectoliters per hectare and the wines are aged in small and large oak barrels. Heideboden, the basic Blaufränkisch, and Edelgrund, a single-vineyard Blaufränkisch from the Heideboden area with 30 year old vines, are aged in old oak barrels. The Blaufränkisch single vineyards typically see between 10-30% new oak. Ungerberg is a 3 hectare site on sandy loam. Altenberg is made only in top vintages and is from gravel and fossil limestone. Spiegel, a flatter vineyard with chalky soils, gives a particularly powerful Blaufränkisch.