Ponzichter 2019, Weninger (Sopron, Hungary)

Ponzichter 2019, Weninger (Sopron, Hungary)

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Grapes: Pinot Noir, Zweigelt
Style: Red
ABV: 12%
Production: Biodynamic
Any added sulphites: Minimal
Filtered: No
Size: 75cl

Crunchy, juicy and undemanding!

Ponzichter is a beautiful symbiosis of Pinot Noir and Zweigelt grapes, the kind of red wine Franz’ grandfather and his friends would drink on a communal family dinner table back in the day sitting amongst the vines and enjoying life. This is a fun, and wonderfully joyful table wine. Ponzichter is the old nickname for German-speaking winemakers in West Hungary (the old name for Burgenland) who would plant beans between the vines and as such where nicknamed 'Bean Growers' by their fellow Hungarian companions. It takes you Back to The Future, Franz Weninger style!

Franz is a winemaker who follows his nose. His winemaking and farming methods are modified and adapted every year and evolve continuously, in tandem with the development of his thoughts and mindset. He emphasises that the end to his agricultural and vinous education is nowhere in sight. This is part of what Franz loves about winemaking: the cultural journey. Some notions, however, stay the same for him. Firstly, he has defended the indigenous grape varieties of Austria and Hungary since he took over the family estate in the late 90s. He believes that he should champion his local heritage, and that this is the way to build a bridge from the past to the future. Secondly, in the face of global warming, he believes the answer - and the solution - lies in farming.