The Pichler family has been making wine in the village of Wösendorf since at least the late 19th century. The original cellar building, more of a small stall than a winery, was purchased in 1884, and their first vineyards were planted in 1904. Wosendorf is nestled between the foothills of the Alps and the upper section of the Danube River, which flows east from Melk to Krems, forming a tiny but brilliant series of terroirs within the 1,350 hectares of the Wachau (VOCK-aw) Valley. Steep hillsides hugging the river are formed of ancient Gföhler Gneiss, a particular primary rock, as well as granite and some slate deposits and other soils which, combined with the area’s unique and faceted microclimates, produce the distinct wines of the Wachau.
About the Vineyard
Smaragd is the Wachau designation for dry late harvest wines, above 12.5% alcohol through natural fermentation. From extremely steep, southwest exposed terraces with meagre, Gföhl gneiss soils. This mineral pure Grüner demonstrates the extraordinary quality of this site.
Pale gold in color, with aromas of apples, anise, honeysuckle, white pepper and lime. On the palate the wine has firm acid, weighty mouthfeel and fine minerality lasting through the finish.
Pair with bacon-wrapped chicken breast, grilled pork tenderloin, or pan-seared sea scallops.