We are happy to announce that our first-ever winemaker chat was a great success!

Thursday, March 13, 2014 marked our first even winemaker tweet-up. Held at New York’s Terroir Murray Hill, we gathered with visiting winemaker Christoph Artner and a handful wine/social media enthusiasts who tasted through a rather extensive line-up.

After an hour of tasting and talking, we took to Twitter to share our knowledge using hashtag #TalkAustria and the #ArtofArtner. Tweeting from @AustrianWineUSA we asked Christoph, at @ArtnerWines several questions pertaining the wineries, the region, the grapes, and even got a litgrouptle personal!

Based in Carnuntum, the village of Hoeflein, located in the middle of the Arbesthaler Huegelland, the Artner winery has produced quality wine since 1650. All of their 900 hectares vineyards are within 4 km of the winery and feature the indigenous varieties of Grüner Veltliner, Zweigelt, and Blaufrankisch, but they also produce Riesling, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Welsch Riesling, Gelber Muskateller and more. Carnuntum is an ideal climate for both red and white wines because of the influence of nearby Danube and Lake Neusiedl and its clay soils with stony chalk. This combination adds something to the wines.

The Artner winery produces 60% red wine and 40% white wine, but, right now, Christoph’s favorite is the Kirchweingmore grouparten Blaufrankisch Reserve 2011 (try it!) That’s not to forget their other prized wines: Steinaecker Zweigelt Reserve, Amarok, and Massive A, as well as an entire portfolio of delicious options including the specialty of the region, Rubin Carnuntum.

The Rubin Carnuntum is an association that began in 1992 and is at the core of Carnuntum wineries as it is the ambassador wine. The wine must be 100% Zweigelt and is generally an approachable wine, full of black cherry fruit, silky tannins, and a structured body. (We’re drooling just thinking about it!)

If you haven’t had the chance, we definitely recommend seeking out the wines of Weingut Artner – you won’t be disappointed.