Variety tasting of autochthonous wines from a la carte

4 times winner of our indigenous varieties at the grand cru wine tasting from a la carte! top ratings for the rotgipfler ried laim 2017 and 2018 as well as zierfandler ried modler 2017 and 2018! With an excellent result of 94 points and 94+ at ried laim 2017 (!), we are once again ranked among the best white wines in Austria! With our organic wines we thus secured 4 proud titles “autochthonous wine varieties of the thermal region”

here the exact votes:

rotgipfler ried laim:

94+ punkte:

Weingut Johannes Gebeshuber, Gumpoldskirchen
2017 Rotgipfler Ried Laim, 13,5 %, DV
Light color, complex nose, rancio, pear quince, melon, full-bodied wine, dense and firm, fruity-almond finish, long finish, kumquat on the finish.
Johannes Gebeshuber: “The 1.6 hectares of Rotgipfler from Riede Laim are around 80 years old. In 2017, the concentration of old vines unite
and the lively texture of the vintage is very harmonious. ”

94 punkte:

Weingut Johannes Gebeshuber, Gumpoldskirchen
2018 Rotgipfler Ried Laim, 14 %, DV
Light color, multi-layered nose, honeydew melon, candied pineapple and almonds, rancio, opulent wine, balanced texture, fruity melting and well-integrated residual sweetness, long finish, mango in the finish, potential


Zierfandler ried modler:

94 Punkte:

Weingut Johannes Gebeshuber, Gumpoldskirchen
2018 Zierfandler Ried Modler, 13,5 %, DV
Light color, intense, complex nose, pink grapefruit, physalis, candied orange, rich, firm and balanced structure, fruity, precise in the finish, rancio and kumquat in the finish, potential

94 punkte:

Weingut Johannes Gebeshuber, Gumpoldskirchen
2017 Zierfandler Ried Modler, 13,5 %, DV
Light color, pronounced fruit notes, candied orange, pineapple and almonds, full-bodied, lively fruit-acid play, delicate melt in the finish, melon and peach in the finish, long reverberation, full-bodied, firm and balanced structure, fruity, precise in the finish, rancio and kumquat in the finish, potential


is zierfandler on the way up once more?

gebeshuber’s ried modler catches the experts’ attention

zierfandler has seen better days. highly regarded up until the 1950s, one has heard hardly anything about the variety in recent decades. but quite recently, signs are becoming increasingly apparent that there’s about to be a renaissance. one wine that has recently received high praise is johannes gebeshuber’s 2016 zierfandler from the single vineyard ried modler. this career-changer sets his sights on getting the greatest possible finesse & elegance from the variety. and he seems to have succeeded. at any rate, he has garnered top evaluations on every level.

top scores for gebeshuber zierfandler ried modler 2016 (organic):

  • falstaff: with 94 points, gebeshuber zierfandler modler 2016 is the highest-rated wine from the thermenregion in falstaff’s current wein guide 2018/19
  • gault&millau austria 2019: 18 points (highest rating up till now)
  • a la carte: 95 points (highest rating up till now)
  • vinaria: 4 out of 5 stars since the 2010 vintage; gebeshuber zierfandler ried modler consistently praised with appreciably more than 90 points.


all or nothing

anybody who manages a wine estate in the idyllic town of gumpoldskirchen (30 kilometres south of vienna) either completely ignores zierfandler, or concentrates fully and totally on this white rarity. charismatic winegrower johannes gebeshuber (50) belongs to the second category.

since founding his estate twenty years ago, johannes has been working with the variety zierfandler – some of his vines as much as eighty years old. at the beginning, gebeshuber blended it into a cuvée, as had always been the common practice. it was in 2004 that he first focused on the fullbodied and enlivening variety, and for the first time vinified a monovarietal zierfandler.

which did not taste good to him.

too much tannin, too much oak, too closed – this was how gebeshuber critiqued his zierfandler. ‘today, after fourteen years, it tastes good. the wine is now ready to drink’, he says. (at this point the confidence is betrayed that there are 100 bottles remaining from the now-mature première bottling).

for six years following, gebeshuber didn’t produce a monovarietal zierfandler. but as he came, little by little, to address the concept of single-vineyard wines, a monovarietal zierfandler from ried modler reappeared with the 2010 vintage. 2016 – the seventh vintage of gebeshuber zierfandler ried modler – tastes, according to the falstaff wein guide 2018/2019, like ‘fine, yellow

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best wine – best white wine – best zierfandler in the thermenregion!

zierfandler modler 2016, 94 points *pure drinking pleasure!

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*read about it in the current issue of the falstaff-weinguide 2018/2019, page 247.


top rating for the zierfandler modler 2016! with an outstanding score of 95 points, we are once more ranked among the best wines in all of austria. the 2016 rotgipfler laim is once more at the head of the pack and has been rated 94. with this, our organic wines have achieved two more outstanding results in the category ‘best of the thermenregion’.

2,476 wines – 394 winegrowers

the current edition of austrian gourmet guide ‘a la carte’ appeared on 2 october 2017. we impressed the tasting jury with no fewer than six wines from the current vintage, as well as with a historic cuvée. it’s worth taking a look at the results:

the best in the thermenregion

zierfandler modler 2016, 95 points and the highest rating in the thermenregion ,

was impressive for its flavours: ‘intense & complex aromatic arc, vineyard peach, apricot, candied oranges & lemongrass; long and persistent finish, with a finely luxuriant presence of fruit in the aftertaste’.

rotgipfler laim 2016, 94 points, which was evaluated by the professional tasting jury as follows: ‘mango, honeydew melon, papaya, a delicate fruit texture in the finish with candied pears, well-balanced, tightly structured…*

all further ‘a la carte’ results also attest to the consistent quality of our wines:

93 points for our organic muschelkalk series (muschelkalk=fossil limestone):

‘vom muschelkalk.zierfandler, 2016’ & ‘vom muschelkalk.rotgipfler, 2016’

93 points in the category ‘historic wine’:

zierfandler/rotgipfler cuvée 2010

92 points for our organic single-vineyard red wines:

pinot noir viereck 2015 & sankt laurent glas 2015


*excerpt from the a la carte 2018 tasting report. can be read in ‘a la carte’, austria’s wine guide 2018, p.232.

in the current falstaff, our zierfandler modler 2015  once more rated as the best zierfandler in the thermenregion with 94 points!

also at the head of the pack:
rotgipfler laim 2015 and zierfandler vom muschelkalk 2015, 93 points

rotgipfler vom muschelkalk, reserve weiß and sankt laurent glas 92 points.

think we’ve got a reason to celebrate?

the current falstaff-weinguide 2017/2018 reports on some 500 of the best wine producers in austria, with more than 3400 wines  – described and evaluated by peter moser.

genießen sie noch bis juni zierfandler-rotgipfler „klassik“ an bord von austrian airlines in der business class. zum aperitif, als speisenbegleiter oder einfach nur so – die reise wird wie im flug vergehen! – und wer nicht über den wolken reist, kann die klassik 2016 auch ab hof bei uns im weingut mitnehmen oder per mail bestellen.