Fritz Wieninger is the leading wine producer in the city of Vienna and is a champion of Gemischter Satz (Geh-mish-ter Sah-ts), a traditional field blend popular in Austria’s heurigen (wine taverns). Fritz was early to focus on quality a helped to establish the Wiener Gemischter Satz DAC. He is a member of Österreichische Traditionsweingüter and respekt-BIODYN.
Most of Vienna’s vineyards are in the 19th and 21st of the city’s 23 districts on opposite sides of the Danube river. The Bisamberg area sits in the 21st district and is the source of many of Fritz’s wines as well as the home to his family’s heurige. On the opposite side of the Danube lies the Nußberg, an impressive hill that soars above downtown Vienna.
Ried Ulm Nußberg Wiener Gemischter Satz DAC sits at 360 meters above downtown Vienna with limestone and clay soils. This mixed planting of 9 varieties includes Weißburgunder, Neuburger, Welschriesling, Grüner Veltliner, Sylvaner, Zierfandler, Rotgipfler, Traminer, and Riesling. The grapes are co-planted, harvested together and co-fermented with natural yeasts in stainless steel tanks.
Wines from the Nußberg tend to show greater richness and intensity than those of Bisamberg. The wine presents complex aromas and flavors that come from an assortment of grape varieties vinified together with notes of citrus, stone fruit, pineapple, yellow flowers, and sweet herbs followed by smoky minerals, power, and length on the palate.
Gemischter Satz is the classic wine of the Viennese heurige and is at home with simply prepared foods such as charcuterie, flavored cheese spreads, and dark bread. Fresh acidity and medium weight allow this wine to work well with grilled pork sausages and breaded white fish. Medium-spiced Asian flavors are equally compatible.