Flatiron's Annual Austria and Germany DI: Part 1, Austria

Flatiron's Annual Austria and Germany DI: Part 1, Austria

  • Our Austria & Germany DI is our biggest sale of the year and it's back!
  • This year we're excited to be able to include educational videos to help you learn about the growers and pick your wines, and also exclusive Zoom tasting opportunities for when the wines arrive. 
  • As usual, we will be collecting orders over the next two weeks. A few weeks later we will confirm those orders and collect your payment. We expect the wines to arrive late in the fall or early in the winter.

 

Dear Wine Lovers,

Willi Schaefer, Dönnhoff, Von Winning, Selbach-Oster, Alzinger, Bründlmayer, Hirsch: that's just a small sample of the top Teutonic producers who we've been able to offer at incredible pre-sale prices for the last few years.

And we're thrilled to be able to do it again, offering you the greatest that the 2019 Vintage has to offer at the best prices we'll have all year. As usual, for many of these producers' more sought-after wines, this will be your only chance to buy them from us: many of these wines will only be available on DI or will sell out long before they can make it to our shelves. 

This is a three-part series. It starts with today's Austria offer, moves on to the Mosel, and then finishes with "the rest of Germany" (as we call it; we're pretty sure nobody in the Nahe or Pfalz would appreciate the label).

Is this offer just for German and Austrian nuts?

No! This offer is for everyone who loves wine! Sure, it's a dream for committed fans of the regions. But if you love wine and just don't know Germany and Austria yet, this is an amazing opportunity to dip your toes in the tasty end of the pool Unfamiliar with the names above? Here's your chance to see why winegeeks the world over compete for their bottlings. Not sure how Austrian and German wine differ? Come learn from the experts! Yes, we have producer videos and are planning a range of exclusive tastings with winemakers for when the wines arrive.

Isn't this sale difficult to navigate? 

No! We're shaking things up this go-round to make it easier than ever to take advantage of this opportunity. Maybe the expansive list was just too daunting in years past, but today we have easy-to-navigate suggestions based on taste, along with producer bios, videos and more. We are here for guidance and to help you explore what many wine-lovers proclaim are the most under valued regions in the world.

So, how is the 2019 Vintage?

Austrian 2019s are LEGENDARY. For the third decade in a row, the vintage ending in 9 is absolutely superb. Critics and producers alike refer to it as "historic." A mild winter (with no frost damage) turned into a very rainy spring, which ended up being a blessing that kept the vines stress free through another record breaking hot and dry June. The end of August brought a perfectly timed drop in nighttime temperatures, allowing physiological ripening to continue while retaining acidity.

The resulting wines are balanced, with high acidity, concentrated fruit, intense perfume, and the varietal typicity winemakers dream of. Yields were good, making this a year to go deep and buy across the board. Do NOT miss out on these beauties.

German 2019s are producer and region driven. The best winemakers made incredible wines, as usual. Down in the Pfalz, conditions were perfect and Von Winning put out another set of stellar offerings, with more structure than 2018. The Nahe got more rain than normal, but our favorite producers invested heavily in manpower to bring in healthy fruit, and rigorous grape selection to ensure only the very best berries made it into the wine. That selection lowered production, but preserved acidity, which is complemented by a mineral and herbal focus rather than plush fruit. For the full rundown on each producer we've included videos, bio's, tasting notes and the vintage report.

Click here for the Austrian vintage report and here for the German.

How do I place an order?

You can peruse our curated selection of wines by style and region, or scroll down for complete producer biographies, along with video links, or download the entire offer here. Exclusive educational opportunities will be available to everyone who buys, once the wines arrive. Some will be taught by Flatiron staff, and some by your favorite winemakers, email your interest here.

To place an order either click the link below, download the attached spreadsheet, fill out and send back to clara.dalzell@flatiron-wines.com. Details on offer below:

Quick Overview

If you have not participated in one of our DI programs before here's what you can expect:

  1. Send us your request - Peruse our emails and/or the complete order form (here), then send us your requests by Saturday, July 19th
  2. We will send you a quote - After collecting all of your requests into a single quote we will send it back to you. Please check it carefully for accuracy. We will then submit that quote to the supplier and try to get you everything you want. 
  3. We confirm and you pay - We will email you a confirmation of your order when the suppliers get back to us (this takes several weeks). If we have to cut any of your requests we will let you know at this point. This is when payment is required. 
  4. You get your wines in the fall - When the producers are ready, they will ship us the wines. They usually arrive in NY in the late fall but can take up to the end of the year. As soon as they are ready for delivery or pickup we will let you know.

For all of the nitty-gritty details on how our direct import sales work, please scroll all the way to the bottom.

Peruse the curated list below OR download the complete 600 wine offer here. Place your requests by emailing clara.dalzell@flatiron-wines.com.

Part 1: Austria

As promised, the offer format is rearranged in an attempt to make it more digestible. If you've participated in this direct import sale before and/or you know which wines you already want then download the complete list of wines on offer here. Once filled out you can snap a photo or scan it and send it back to me at clara.dalzell@flatiron-wines.com.

If you are craving inspiration, education and a little guidance then keep scrolling. You will find a curated selection of wines based on a specific preferences, styles, regions and price points to help introduce you to the diverse world of Austrian wine. Scroll further down for more information on each winery, hear the winemakers thoughts on the current vintage or RSVP for future producer-taught classes.

There are no minimum order requirements for any of the wines below, choose all the wines in a category, pick a bottle that stands out, or mix-and-match across sections. And finally, if you would rather not be bothered with making any decisions, I'd be delighted to put together a customized order, click here or hit reply to this email and we can get the ball rolling.

Happy hunting!

Flatiron Selections

  • Working through a list of a thousand wines from Germany and Austria can be a lift.
  • We've picked some of our favorite wines for specific tastes (like obscurities for the most adventurous), and mature wines for those short on cellar space (or patience) but who love wine that has really hit its stride.

Too Hot To Stop:  Affordable every day drinkers
There are incredible values from across the Austrian landscape and at the right price. Whether you need something to pair with a Tuesday night pizza, ice down for the beach, or show off to your friends, there is a wine for you.

  • Heidi Schröck, 'Biscaya' Rosé, 2019  – Reg. $14.99  Disc. $12.74
  • Prieler, Rosé vom Stein, 2019  – Reg. $15.99  Disc. $13.59
  • Bründlmayer, 'L + T' Kamptal DAC Grüner Veltliner, 2019  – Reg. $17.99  Disc. $15.29
  • Hirsch, 'Hirschvergnügen' Kamptal DAC Grüner Veltliner, 2019  – Reg. $17.99  Disc. $15.29
  • Schloss Gobelsburg, Schlosskellerei Gobelsburg Kamptal DAC Grüner Veltliner, 2019  – Reg. $15.99  Disc. $13.59
  • Schloss Gobelsburg, Schlosskellerei Gobelsburg Kamptal DAC Riesling, 2019  – Reg. $17.99  Disc. $15.29
  • Nigl, Freiheit Grüner Veltliner, 2019  – Reg. $19.99  Disc. $16.99
  • Alzinger, Dürnstein Federspiel Wachau Grüner Veltliner, 2019  – Reg. $22.99  Disc. $19.54
  • Nikolaihof, 'Zwickl' Wachau Grüner Veltliner, 2019  – Reg. $22.99  Disc. $19.54
  • Ott, Am Berg Grüner Veltliner, 2019  – Reg. $19.99  Disc. $16.99
  • Berger, Gelber Muskateller, 2019  – Reg. $22.99  Disc. $19.54
  • Setzer, 'Ausstich' Weinviertel DAC Grüner Veltliner , 2019  – Reg. $19.99  Disc. $16.99

Regional Road Map: Wines from across the country
Austria is a small country with most of the wine made in a small cluster of regions in the far eastern edge, at the foothills of the Alps. For such a limited area, geographically-speaking, a huge diversity of styles are produced from myriad regions. These wines all demonstrate a clear sense of place representing the major growing areas and their top producers.

  • Heidi Schröck, Furmint, 2018  – Reg. $27.99  Disc. $23.79
  • Prieler, Leithaberg DAC Blaufränkisch, 2017  – Reg. $56.99  Disc. $48.44
  • Bründlmayer, 'Kamptal Terrassen' Kamptal DAC Grüner Veltliner, 2019  – Reg. $20.99  Disc. $17.84
  • Hirsch, Zöbing Kamptal DAC Riesling, 2019  – Reg. $29.99  Disc. $25.49
  • Nigl, Piri Kremstal DAC Grüner Veltliner , 2019  – Reg. $29.99  Disc. $25.49
  • Nigl, Piri Kremstal DAC Riesling, 2019  – Reg. $39.99  Disc. $33.99
  • Alzinger, Ried Mühlpoint Federspiel Wachau Grüner Veltliner , 2019  – Reg. $27.99  Disc. $23.79
  • Alzinger, Dürnstein Federspiel Wachau Riesling, 2019  – Reg. $32.99  Disc. $28.04
  • Nikolaihof, Im Weingebirge Federspiel Wachau Grüner Veltliner , 2013  – Reg. $39.99  Disc. $33.99
  • Ott, 'Fass 4' Grüner Veltliner, 2019  – Reg. $26.99  Disc. $22.94
  • Ott, Feuersbrunner Wagram Riesling, 2018  – Reg. $34.99  Disc. $29.74
  • Setzer, 'Ausstich' Weinviertel DAC Grüner Veltliner , 2019  – Reg. $19.99  Disc. $16.99

Reasonable Cellar: Insider secrets to collecting
Our reasonable cellar picks are chosen with your wallet in mind. These wines take minimal financial investment plus a few years of aging to produce out-sized results in terms of quality. Starting a cellar with these bottles will make you feel like a genius in a few short years.

  • Heidi Schröck, Beerenauslese [BA], 2018 (375ml)  – Reg. $48.99  Disc. $41.64
  • Prieler, Leithaberg DAC Pinot Blanc, 2018  – Reg. $48.99  Disc. $41.64
  • Bründlmayer, Ried Zöbinger Heiligenstein 1 ÖTW Kamptal DAC Riesling , 2019  – Reg. $47.99  Disc. $40.79
  • Hirsch, Ried Renner 1 ÖTW Kamptal DAC Grüner Veltliner, 2018  – Reg. $44.99  Disc. $38.24
  • Schloss Gobelsburg, Ried Steinsetz Kamptal DAC Grüner Veltliner, 2019  – Reg. $28.99  Disc. $24.64
  • Nigl, Piri Kremstal DAC Grüner Veltliner , 2019  – Reg. $29.99  Disc. $25.49
  • Nigl, Piri Kremstal DAC Riesling, 2019  – Reg. $39.99  Disc. $33.99
  • Alzinger, Ried Mühlpoint Smaragd Wachau Grüner Veltliner , 2019  – Reg. $41.99  Disc. $35.69
  • Nikolaihof, Im Weingebirge Federspiel Wachau Grüner Veltliner, 2018  – Reg. $37.99  Disc. $32.29
  • Nikolaihof, Vom Stein Federspiel Wachau Riesling, 2019  – Reg. $42.99  Disc. $36.54
  • Ott, 'Der Ott' Grüner Veltliner, 2018  – Reg. $36.99  Disc. $31.44
  • Setzer, Ried Kirchengarten Reserve Weinviertel DAC Grüner Veltliner , 2019  – Reg. $48.99  Disc. $41.64

Groovy Grüner Veltliner: The queen of the Teutonics
Austria bet it's hat on the appeal, quality, and longevity of Grüner Veltliner. Lucky for all of us it was a winning ticket. Cherished for its, spicy white pepper, fresh greens, stone fruit and textural components, with long-lived versions standing along side the great whites of Burgundy.

  • Bründlmayer, Ried Kammerner Lamm 1 ÖTW Kamptal DAC Grüner Veltliner, 2019  – Reg. $94.99  Disc. $80.74
  • Hirsch, Ried Lamm 1 ÖTW Kamptal DAC Grüner Veltliner, 2017 (375ml)  – Reg. $32.99  Disc. $28.04
  • Hirsch, Ried Kammern Gaisberg 1 ÖTW Kamptal DAC Grüner Veltliner, 2018  – Reg. $44.99  Disc. $38.24
  • Schloss Gobelsburg, Ried Renner 1 ÖTW Kamptal DAC Grüner Veltliner , 2018  – Reg. $44.99  Disc. $38.24
  • Nigl, Ried Senftenberger Pellingen 'Privat' 1 ÖTW Kremstal DAC Grüner Veltliner, 2019  – Reg. $73.99  Disc. $62.89
  • Alzinger, Ried Mühlpoint Federspiel Wachau Grüner Veltliner , 2019  – Reg. $27.99  Disc. $23.79
  • Alzinger, Ried Loibenberg Smaragd Wachau Grüner Veltliner , 2019  – Reg. $56.99  Disc. $48.44
  • Alzinger, Ried Steinertal Smaragd Wachau Grüner Veltliner , 2019  – Reg. $69.99  Disc. $59.49
  • Nikolaihof, Im Weingebirge Federspiel Wachau Grüner Veltliner , 2013  – Reg. $39.99  Disc. $33.99
  • Ott, 'Fass 4' Grüner Veltliner, 2019  – Reg. $26.99  Disc. $22.94
  • Ott, Ried Rosenberg 1 ÖTW Wagram DAC Grüner Veltliner, 2018  – Reg. $73.99  Disc. $62.89
  • Setzer, 'Ausstich' Weinviertel DAC Grüner Veltliner , 2019  – Reg. $19.99  Disc. $16.99

Riesling Rainbow: Don't worry! These are all dry!
Grüner Veltliner might be queen but Riesling has long been dubbed the king of white grapes. Its ability to transmit terroir, naturally high acidity, and long life expectancy make it hard to compete with. Unlike many of the top German examples, Rieslings in Austria are bone dry. Plantings are sparse and relegated to the best vineyards, at high altitudes on the rocky terraces of Wachau, Kamptal and Kremstal. These are excellent opportunities for your indoctrination into this beloved variety.

  • Bründlmayer, Ried Zöbinger Heiligenstein 'Lyra' 1 ÖTW Kamptal DAC Riesling, 2019  – Reg. $84.99  Disc. $72.24
  • Bründlmayer, Ried Zöbinger Heiligenstein 'Alte Reben' 1 ÖTW Kamptal DAC Riesling, 2018  – Reg. $99.99  Disc. $84.99
  • Hirsch, Zöbing Kamptal DAC Riesling, 2019  – Reg. $29.99  Disc. $25.49
  • Hirsch, Ried Zöbinger Heiligenstein 1 ÖTW Kamptal DAC Riesling, 2018  – Reg. $62.99  Disc. $53.54
  • Schloss Gobelsburg, 'Tradition' Riesling, 2017  – Reg. $64.99  Disc. $55.24
  • Nigl, Piri Kremstal DAC Riesling, 2019  – Reg. $39.99  Disc. $33.99
  • Nigl, Ried Hochäcker 'Privat' 1 ÖTW Kremstal DAC Riesling, 2019  – Reg. $69.99  Disc. $59.49
  • Alzinger, Ried Hollerin Smaragd Wachau Riesling, 2019  – Reg. $54.99  Disc. $46.74
  • Alzinger, Ried Liebenberg Smaragd Wachau Riesling, 2019  – Reg. $54.99  Disc. $46.74
  • Alzinger, Ried Steinertal Smaragd Wachau Riesling, 2019  – Reg. $73.99  Disc. $62.89
  • Nikolaihof, Vom Stein Federspiel Wachau Riesling, 2019  – Reg. $42.99  Disc. $36.54
  • Ott, Feuersbrunner Wagram Riesling, 2018  – Reg. $34.99  Disc. $29.74

Grand Crus of Austria: Smaragd and Grosse Lagen
Whether Smaragd or OTW in the rest of Lower Austria, producers have identified the top vineyards with an "unofficial" understanding of which are "Grand Cru" or Grosse Lage. These wines represent the very best Austria has to offer. They will benefit from cellaring and continue to improve for decades to come. This list is comprehensive but not complete by any means.

  • Prieler, Ried Marienthal Leithaberg DAC Blaufränkisch, 2017  – Reg. $113.99  Disc. $96.89
  • Prieler, Ried Goldberg Leithaberg DAC Blaufränkisch, 2016  – Reg. $119.99  Disc. $101.99
  • Bründlmayer, Ried Kammerner Lamm 1 ÖTW Kamptal DAC Grüner Veltliner, 2019  – Reg. $94.99  Disc. $80.74
  • Bründlmayer, Ried Zöbinger Heiligenstein 'Lyra' 1 ÖTW Kamptal DAC Riesling, 2019  – Reg. $84.99  Disc. $72.24
  • Hirsch, Ried Gaisberg 1 ÖTW Kamptal DAC Riesling, 2018  – Reg. $62.99  Disc. $53.54
  • Hirsch, Ried Zöbinger Heiligenstein 1 ÖTW Kamptal DAC Riesling, 2018  – Reg. $62.99  Disc. $53.54
  • Schloss Gobelsburg, Ried Lamm 1 ÖTW Kamptal DAC Grüner Veltliner , 2018  – Reg. $69.99  Disc. $59.49
  • Schloss Gobelsburg, Ried Heiligenstein 1 ÖTW Kamptal DAC Riesling, 2018  – Reg. $64.99  Disc. $55.24
  • Nigl, Ried Senftenberger Pellingen 'Privat' 1 ÖTW Kremstal DAC Grüner Veltliner, 2019  – Reg. $73.99  Disc. $62.89
  • Nigl, Ried Hochäcker 'Privat' 1 ÖTW Kremstal DAC Riesling, 2019  – Reg. $69.99  Disc. $59.49
  • Alzinger, Ried Steinertal Smaragd Wachau Grüner Veltliner , 2019  – Reg. $69.99  Disc. $59.49
  • Alzinger, Ried Loibenberg Smaragd Wachau Riesling, 2019  – Reg. $59.99  Disc. $50.99
  • Alzinger, Ried Steinertal Smaragd Wachau Riesling, 2019  – Reg. $73.99  Disc. $62.89
  • Alzinger, Ried Höhereck Smaragd Wachau Riesling, 2019  – Reg. $59.99  Disc. $50.99
  • Nikolaihof, Im Weingebirge Smaragd Wachau Grüner Veltliner, 2016  – Reg. $69.99  Disc. $59.49
  • Nikolaihof, Vom Stein Smaragd Wachau Riesling, 2016  – Reg. $74.99  Disc. $63.74
  • Ott, Ried Spiegel 1 ÖTW Wagram Grüner Veltliner, 2018  – Reg. $52.99  Disc. $45.04
  • Ott, Ried Rosenberg 1 ÖTW Wagram DAC Grüner Veltliner, 2018  – Reg. $73.99  Disc. $62.89

Rebel Reds: The underdogs moving on up
Austria has long been known as white wine country. It's taken vintners years of hard work and investment to produce the world class red wines they are finally getting the attention they deserve. Burgenland is their ground zero with Blaufränkisch their secret weapon, but plenty of crunchy Zweigelt is made all over Austria with Pinot Noir and Sankt Laurent coming into the fold as well.

  • Heidi Schröck, Ried Klum Blaufränkish, 2018  – Reg. $26.99  Disc. $22.94
  • Prieler, Johanneshöhe Blaufränkisch, 2017  – Reg. $16.99  Disc. $14.44
  • Prieler, Leithaberg DAC Blaufränkisch, 2017  – Reg. $56.99  Disc. $48.44
  • Prieler, Ried Marienthal Leithaberg DAC Blaufränkisch, 2017  – Reg. $113.99  Disc. $96.89
  • Prieler, Ried Goldberg Leithaberg DAC Blaufränkisch, 2016  – Reg. $119.99  Disc. $101.99
  • Prieler, St. Laurent, 2017  – Reg. $39.99  Disc. $33.99
  • Bründlmayer, Pinot Noir, 2017  – Reg. $44.99  Disc. $38.24
  • Schloss Gobelsburg, Schlosskellerei Gobelsburg Kamptal DAC Zweigelt, 2018  – Reg. $15.99  Disc. $13.59
  • Berger, Zweigelt Liter, 2019 (1L)  – Reg. $15.99  Disc. $13.59

Rosé: Austria's secret weapon
No other style of wine has surprised me more than the compelling and diverse Rosé's produced across the country. Whether you want feather light and delicate or textured and age-able, there is something for everyone. These are serious wines that happen to be pink.

  • Heidi Schröck, 'Biscaya' Rosé, 2019  – Reg. $14.99  Disc. $12.74
  • Prieler, Rosé vom Stein, 2019  – Reg. $15.99  Disc. $13.59
  • Bründlmayer, Brut Rosé, NV  – Reg. $44.99  Disc. $38.24
  • Bründlmayer, Zweigelt Rosé, 2019  – Reg. $20.99  Disc. $17.84
  • Schloss Gobelsburg, Brut Rosé N.V., NV  – Reg. $48.99  Disc. $41.64
  • Schloss Gobelsburg, Schlosskellerei Gobelsburg 'Cistercien' Rosé, 2019  – Reg. $17.99  Disc. $15.29
  • Nigl, Sekt Rosé, 2016  – Reg. $31.99  Disc. $27.19
  • Ott, 'Rosalie' Zweigelt Rosé, 2018  – Reg. $29.99  Disc. $25.49

Godforsaken Grapes: Take a chance
A certain wine critic once went on a rant about lesser known varietals in the world. Those which a new generation of producers and drinkers were quickly becoming attracted to didn't fit into his idea of "noble varieties" and were dubbed "Godforsaken grapes". Whether you agree with him or not, there are plenty of wines out there you might have never heard of that are interesting and delicious. Some are  from ancient varietals that lost their place on the global stage, others are charming, affordable and offer a new experience. If you are feeling adventurous this is the list for you.

  • Heidi Schröck, Gelber Muskateller Sauvage, 2019  – Reg. $22.99  Disc. $19.54
  • Heidi Schröck, Furmint, 2018  – Reg. $27.99  Disc. $23.79
  • Heidi Schröck, Ried Klum Blaufränkish, 2018  – Reg. $26.99  Disc. $22.94
  • Prieler, Johanneshöhe Blaufränkisch, 2017  – Reg. $16.99  Disc. $14.44
  • Nikolaihof, Wachau Gelber Muskateller, 2019  – Reg. $42.99  Disc. $36.54
  • Nikolaihof, Wachau Neuburger, 2019  – Reg. $39.99  Disc. $33.99
  • Ott, Gemischter Satz, 2017  – Reg. $19.99  Disc. $16.99
  • Berger, Gelber Muskateller, 2019  – Reg. $22.99  Disc. $19.54
  • Setzer, 'Symphoniker' Roter Veltliner, 2019  – Reg. $27.99  Disc. $23.79

Vintage Goodies: Straight from the cellar
Every year the team at Skurnik manages to eek a few aged bottles from some of their top estates. These have spent their lives in their respective cellars and are either ready to drink now or close to it. These are a great opportunity to experience aged Austrian wine without a major time investment.

  • Prieler, Ried Goldberg Leithaberg DAC Blaufränkisch, 2016  – Reg. $119.99  Disc. $101.99
  • Bründlmayer, Langenloiser Alte Reben Kamptal Reserve DAC Grüner Veltliner, 2016  – Reg. $56.99  Disc. $48.44
  • Nigl, Sekt Rosé, 2016  – Reg. $31.99  Disc. $27.19
  • Nikolaihof, Im Weingebirge Federspiel Wachau Grüner Veltliner , 2013  – Reg. $39.99  Disc. $33.99
  • Nikolaihof, Vom Stein Federspiel Wachau Riesling, 2016  – Reg. $39.99  Disc. $33.99
  • Nikolaihof, 'Vinothek' Wachau Riesling, 2002  – Reg. $219.99  Disc. $186.99
  • Nikolaihof, 'Steinriesler' Wachau Riesling [OWC], 2007  – Reg. $105.99  Disc. $90.09

Flatiron's Pick of the Litter: Staff favorites
An eclectic mix of the best Austria has to offer. Whether an exceptional site, vintage, style or producer these wines are singing.

  • Heidi Schröck, Ausbruch 'On the Wings of Dawn', 2017 (375ml)  – Reg. $89.99  Disc. $76.49
  • Prieler, Ried Goldberg Leithaberg DAC Blaufränkisch, 2016  – Reg. $119.99  Disc. $101.99
  • Bründlmayer, Ried Zöbinger Heiligenstein 'Alte Reben' 1 ÖTW Kamptal DAC Riesling, 2018  – Reg. $99.99  Disc. $84.99
  • Hirsch, Ried Lamm 1 ÖTW Kamptal DAC Grüner Veltliner, 2018  – Reg. $62.99  Disc. $53.54
  • Hirsch, Ried Zöbinger Heiligenstein 1 ÖTW Kamptal DAC Riesling, 2018  – Reg. $62.99  Disc. $53.54
  • Nigl, Piri Kremstal DAC Riesling, 2019  – Reg. $39.99  Disc. $33.99
  • Alzinger, Ried Liebenberg Smaragd Wachau Riesling, 2019  – Reg. $54.99  Disc. $46.74
  • Alzinger, Ried Steinertal Smaragd Wachau Riesling, 2019  – Reg. $73.99  Disc. $62.89
  • Nikolaihof, Wachau Gelber Muskateller, 2019  – Reg. $42.99  Disc. $36.54
  • Nikolaihof, Wachau Neuburger, 2019  – Reg. $39.99  Disc. $33.99
  • Ott, 'Fass 4' Grüner Veltliner, 2019  – Reg. $26.99  Disc. $22.94
  • Setzer, 'Ausstich' Weinviertel DAC Grüner Veltliner , 2019  – Reg. $19.99  Disc. $16.99

Place your order by emailing Clara. You can also download attached spreadsheet, print it out or fill it out on your computer and email it back to clara.dalzell@flatiron-wines.com.

Producer Bios + Virtual Classes!

Many producers featured in this offer will be teaching private virtual classes for our guests, once the wines arrive. Participating winemakers are indicated at the end of each biography, specific dates are TBD. You will receive a class invitation if you purchase any of their wines OR you can email Clara with your interest.

 

Producer Photo Heidi Schrock Wines

Heidi Schröck
Heidi is the current vigneron in a long line of matriarchs. She is dedicated to bringing back indigenous varietals and works in tune with nature. Cercle Ruster Ausbruch, is an organization she has been long-time leader of, whose goal is to bring back Ausbruch, a sweet wine reminiscent of Hungary’s Royal Tokaji that had not existed since the phylloxera outbreak in the 19th century. Her sweet wines are some of Austria's best and her dry wines are exuberant and vivacious. Learn more about Heidi Schrock: here. Heidi will be teaching a class on her historic wines RSVP: here.

 

 

Prieler
Georg takes his role as farmer and winemaker of his family domain very seriously, but has an easy laugh and relaxed manner. Blaufränkisch, the Burgenland's terroir-transparent grape, is the crown jewel of the estate and given several single vineyard bottlings. Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay, Burgundian varietals, which have a centuries long history in the region are their main whites. Farming is practicing organic and cellar work is hands off with fermentation and aging in large, neutral, traditional Slovenian oak casks. Read more about the estate here. More information on the Prieler estate here or watch the Georg's vintage report here. RSVP for the Prieler class on the Burgenland here.

 

Hirsch
Johannes Hirsch is a man of firsts. He was one of the first to dump Chardonnay and focus on Kamptal's great varieties, Riesling and Grüner Veltliner. He was one of the first to farm biodynamically and was first to switch all closures to stelvin. So he's had a longer time to perfect this style of hyper-artisanal winemaking than virtually anyone else in Austria. There were hiccups along the way. Not everyone loved the Rieslings from the late aughts that ended up with some residual sugar. But it turns out that this was just what nature wanted to do in those vintages. And since then, Hirsch (and nature) have made nothing but classical, dry wines. He has avoided the trend towards higher octane wines, with lower alcohol levels, Hirsch clearly displays the pure, crystalline essence of Grüner and Riesling. Johannes has three vineyards that we can call Grand Crus: two are remarkable for Riesling; one is great for Grüner, all are on offer today. Read more about the Hirsch estate here. Sign up for a class with Johannes and the daunting Heiligenstein here.

 

Bründlmayer
Among the greatest estates in Austria and arguably among the very greatest white-wine producers in the entire world. Quality has gradually increased even further, under the watchful eye of Andreas Wickhoff, MW. The entry level wines are the purest examples of straight-up Kamptal Riesling and Grüner you could hope for. But the fancier bottlings are truly next level transmitting the multi-faced soil, aspect, elevation and micro climates throughout the Kamptal. The estate is always pushing the boundaries of what one could expect from their vines and with great effect. Read more about the estate here, or watch Andrea's comments on the current vintage here. You can RSVP to Andrea Wickhoff, MW's class on the Kamptal and Bründlmayer here.

 

Schloss Gobelsburg
A Cistercian monastic estate founded in Austria's Kamptal Valley in 1171 (you read that right 1171!), is celebrating its 850th anniversary next year with the opening of its new beautiful Cistercian-esque cellars. It is one of the largest holders of Grand Cru/ Grosse Lage vineyards: Heiligenstein, Gaisberg, Lamm, Renner, and Grub. When you mix all of that tradition and terroir, with the top-notch winemaking, you get brilliant, age-worthy wines of complexity and depth. Eva and Michael Moosbrugger were granted the winemaking and viticultural contract in 1996, and with the help and guidance of Michael’s mentor, Willi Bründlmayer, the winery has regained its prestige and is considered to be a leader in quality and innovation. Their Schlosskellerei line up of entry level wines are some of the very best deals in the entire offer. Read more about the estate here or watch Micki's vintage report here. Don't miss this class on one of the oldest wineries in the world, RSVP here.

 

 

 

Nigl
A beautiful Kremstal estate at the end of a cool valley, surrounded by steep loess and rocky slopes. Only in it's second generation, father and son, Martin Sr. and Martin Jr. are quickly elevating their reputation around the world. A tasting at the winery last September had us floored with kaleidoscopic, colorful array of flavors in across the line up of intense and concentrated wines, the aged bottles were magical. Martin Jr's recent influence has pushed the wines towards more elegance and freshness with their Kremstal Grüner Veltliner, a perennial staff favorite. Click here to read more about Nigl.

 

Nikolaihof
A trailblazing-traditionalist: Biodynamic since 1971 with its written winemaking history going all the way back to the monks who farmed there in the 5th Century (no, there’s no missing digit there). And today the family still practices an integrated farming, like the monks did, without herbicides, pesticides or artificial sprays. Their wine ferments with indigenous yeast in ancient Austrian oak in their 700 year old cellar. The dry Gelber Muskateller is uniquely Austrian treasure and outstanding must buy for anyone who likes wine. Read more about Nikolaihof here or watch Nikki's vintage report here. Sign up for this deep dive into this historic and groundbreaking Wachau estate here.

 

 

Domaine Ott Wine BottlesOtt
Austria has given us many beautiful things: Mozart, Vienna, Croissants… Austria has also given us Grüner Veltliner, a grape that is planted widely there and virtually nowhere else, save for a few in a vineyards that border the country. Mozart produced music that is serious and demanding, but also that is light and hummable. Grüner is the same: it can make age-worthy, even daunting wines. But with today’s wine, you will hum. Bernhard Ott pioneered organic and biodynamic winemaking in Austria after a trip to the DRC, where Aubert de Villaine was making the world’s greatest wines with biodynamics. If it works for DRC, it’s worth a shot! It has also worked for Bernhard, and his estate is now considered one of the greatest not just in the Wagram, but all of Austira. His rosé, Rosalie, is also about as crushable as it gets. Find out more about Ott here or watch his vintage report here. RSVP for a great class on the Wagram from Bernhard himself here.

 

Kremstal Winery Berger VinesBerger
Humble wines from the jovial Erich Berger in the Kremstal. His liter bottles of Grüner Veltliner and Zweigelt hold permanent spots on our grab-and-go tables. His Gelber Muskateller is built for a sunny day at the beach or as an antidote to the winter blues. Get familiar with the Berger estate here or watch Erich's vintage report here. Sign up for a class on the Kremstal here.

Setzer From the northern corner of Austria in the Weinvertel comes a small family estate, new to Flatiron wines. This area was once an ancient seabed which is now laden with limestone, sand, and gravel, unique in the region. The limestone gives a new take on Grüner Veltliner with more mid palate lift and a salty finish, nearly Chablisiean. The family has moved towards organic methods, is increasing their high density selection massale plantings and use a deft hand in the cellar. Read about the Setzer family here or watch Hans' entertaining vintage report here.

 

Nitty-gritty on the Germany & Austria Direct Import pre-sale:

  • All requests must be submitted to us by Saturday, July 19th.
  • No order is too small and no order is too big! (Some individual bottlings may have minimum orders, this is indicated on the downloadable order form).
  • All of these wines are in Europe, in the care of their winemakers, some not even bottled yet. The growers are waiting for the right moment to share them with us.
  • Before we submit your requests to the supplier, we will send you a quote as confirmation of your requests. You WILL NOT be able to pay for the wines at that time.
  • We hope to be able to confirm all requests by August, but there are no guarantees.
  • Payment is due when we confirm your requests.
  • Many wines are limited, all orders are subject to confirmation, and unfortunately there can be cuts made to your order.
  • You will receive a final invoice from Shopify that must be paid through the link sent at that time.
  • Our supplier expects the wines to arrive by October but this date is not guaranteed.
  • Upon the wines' arrival, we will contact you to arrange for delivery or pick up.
  • No additional discounting available.
  • Delivery is subject to our usual policies and all of our other regular terms and conditions apply.
  • Purchase and delivery will be available only from the New York store.
  • California will have their own Direct Import sale, so if you are on the west coast, watch out for that email!
  • Prices for German wines still include tariffs. The supplier worked with these growers to get discounts and shaved their own margin significantly. The pricing structure from the 2018 vintage to the 2019 vintage is largely unchanged. If the tariffs are lifted, it will mean paying the growers the full cost of the wines, forgoing the discount and the suppliers steep reduction in margin.
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A few things to keep in mind:

  • This offer is available only until the end of day, Sunday, July 19th, 2020.
  • Receipt of your order will be acknowledged by email.
  • Quantities are limited for some of these wines, all orders are subject to availability and need to be confirmed.
  • Once orders are confirmed you will received a second and final invoice. Wines can be paid for through the link sent to you.
  • No further discounting is available.
  • Our usual shipping rates apply—including free local and tri-state delivery above $149.99.
  • This offer is from our New York store and will be fulfilled out of our warehouse in Brooklyn, New York and will be subject to New York sales tax. Our usual terms and conditions apply.