The Eisenberg is home to Weingut Groszer Wein. Once upon a time, the 420-metre high elevation was regarded as being out back of the Outback – but no longer. Today it is the geographical centre of Central Europe: on the Hungarian border, not far from Slovenia.
On clear days, the view has almost no end to it: to the west you can gaze deep into the countryside of the Steiermark – even Rieger Castle can be seen. To the east, one’s eye falls upon the Hungarian plain. The kettle-shaped Eisenberg, with its top sites Szapary and Saybritz, is oriented south to southwest.
The 2.2 hectare Ried Szapary at 250–300m above sea level is the steepest site on the slope and thus the hardest to cultivate; here it’s all manual labour. Compared to Saybritz, the Szapary faces southeast and is thus a bit cooler. The fact that the Eisenberg is shaped like a cauldron is indeed important, insofar as it protects the vines against cold winds coming from the Geschriebenstein in the north or from Burgenland’s Alpine foothills to the west. Warm air masses from the south and east can thus flow in, rise up along the slopes, cool things down and recede once more. As a result, air is constantly moving in & through our vineyards. Another particular feature is the woodland – both deciduous & coniferous – at the heights of the kettle, which protects the vines against inclement weather and ensures the cooling of the grapes at nighttime, which is good for developing both depth of fruit and aromaticity.
If one were to dig into the soil of the vineyard, the excavation would quickly arrive at meagre and weathered mica schists, blanketed only by a bit of brown earth. This soil warms up well and lets water flow through quite readily, which leads to the production of fruit-forward wines with bright aromas of cherry and redcurrant. On the palate, mineral notes come to the fore. These wines are very finely structured, with a salty, spicy finish and clearly demonstrate: the Eisenberg offers the perfect terroir for Blaufränkisch. Our Blaufränkisch vines in Ried Szapary are between ten and forty years old and are rooted directly in the rock, which gives our wines their unmistakable minerality.
Incidentally, the vineyard owes its name to the famous Hungarian noble family Szápáry, which once owned countless hectares of vineyard land in what is today Hungary & Slovenia.
Our Blaufränkisch Szapary presents a flawless picture of the eponymous vineyard in the form of a profound, elegant and almost feminine Blaufränkisch. Click here for the wine in our webshop.