Rudi Pichler

Brand Description

Rudi Pichler is among the elite growers of the Wachau producing wines of precision, power, and longevity. The cellar is based in the village of Wösendorf where generations of Pichlers have tended vines since 1731. Rudolph Pichler, III took over the winery in 1997 and has since expanded the vineyards and constructed a modern cellar in 2004. Grüner Veltliner and Riesling make up 95% of the production with the remaining 5% shared between Weißburgunder and Roter Veltliner. Rudi Pichler belongs to the prestigious Vinea Wachau and vinifies under the strict parameters of their codex. He was awarded Falstaff’s Vintner of the Year in 2010. 

Location of Vineyard

Weingut Rudi Pichler consists of 37 acres spread between Wösendorf, Joching, Weißenkirchen, and Mautern. Wösendorf and Joching lie in the heart of the Wachau Valley where south-facing terraces look down at the Danube River. Here, rieden such as Kirchweg, Hochrain, and Kollmütz are marked by occasional deposits of loess over base rock. Rudi produces crystal-clear expressions of Grüner Veltliner, Riesling, and Weißburgunder from these sites. Directly east of Joching is Weißenkirchen, home to the famous rieden of Steinriegl and Achleithen, two distinctive Riesling sites with calcareous and weathered gneiss, respectively. Rudi also maintains a small vineyard of Roter Veltliner across the river in Mautern.

Winemaking Philosophy

“I’m a wine caretaker not a winemaker,” is Rudi’s credo, placing the intensity of work in the vineyards at the foundation of his philosophy. Rudi wants vineyard and varietal expression to be as clear as possible so yields are kept low between 30 and 35 hectoliters per hectare with harvest and botrytis carefully removed by hand. Grapes are crushed by foot and receive between three and 36 hours of maceration on the skins depending on the vintage and style. “The skin has information about the specific place where it is from,” says Rudi. Vinification is entirely in stainless-steel tanks and malolactic fermentation is avoided. The resulting wines are pure, dense, and taut with energy.

 

Rudi Pichler Winery
Rudi Pichler Vineyards
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Winery Profile
Owner: Rudi Pichler
Winemaker: Rudi Pichler
Total acreage under vine: 37
Founded: 1904
Production: 100000
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Acclaim
“This complex, broad white simmers with smoke, warm lentil and fleshy apricot flavors underscored by a powerful mineral bedrock. Chalky and rich in feel, offering dried thyme, sage and celery seed on the salty, leesy palate. Shows power and structural integrity, with singed orange peel acidity driving the energetic, long finish.” — acclaim for 2022 Rudi Pichler Riesling Ried Hochrain Smaragd from Wine Spectator, Jun 2024
“Fresh-cut lilac and lavender notes give this an earthy, musky edge -- in a good way. Weighty and chewy, yet an appealing green stemminess moves through the flavors of apricot, nectarine and smoke. There's a pleasing vegetal crunch on the peppery, delicious and richly textured close, showing real character and tension.” — acclaim for 2022 Rudi Pichler Riesling Ried Achleiten Smaragd from Wine Spectator, Jun 2024
“The 2022 Ried Kollmütz Grüner Veltliner Smaragd is very green and phenolic on the nose, showing iodine and rock but little fruit. It is initially dense and intense on the palate but also very austere and drying. Too much for my taste (or impatience).” — acclaim for 2022 Rudi Pichler Grüner Veltliner Ried Kollmütz Smaragd from Wine Advocate, May 2024
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