Schützenhof | ‘Róka’ Uhudler
Only legal for 8 more years... click for the full story
This wine is made from four different North American grape varieties, giving it a characteristic wild strawberry and earthy classic grape flavor. First introduced to Austria 160 years ago to fight the phylloxera plague, these North American grapes are now a distinctive specialty in Southern Burgenland called ‘Uhudler.’ It’s fall and harvest season in a bottle, with the best story...
After phylloxera, a type of aphid, devastated most of the vines in wine growing regions across Europe in the mid-19th century, vineyards were quickly replaced with American grape varieties that were phylloxera-tolerant, easy to farm, resistant to mildew, and did not require pesticides or fertilizer. There was a big push to phase these out in the 60s when vine-grafting became a popular practice - allowing European wine regions to safely replant their native varieties. A heated debate has been ongoing since. The EU finally set a date to outlaw the production and sale of wine using these American grape varieties... in 2030. For only 8 more years, this wine is legal… so, enjoy this rare and soon to be extinct wine!
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With this beautifully pure grape-y flavor, something equally full-flavored will pair well. Think barbeque with sweet sauce, or aged cheeses like gouda or cheddar. Also beautiful with baked Brie (think jam topping), roasted duck, and dark meat poultry of all kinds – turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce is a delightful combo.
7th generation winemakers, Markus Faulhammer and his wife, took over this historic family vineyard with a determination to resurrect old techniques and make a name for long-forgotten and controversial varietals. The vineyard and production are all certified organic and their labels read like a novel – with hidden messaging and symbolism throughout. Actively farmed since 1816, this vineyard used to be part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and has lived many lifetimes.