Bernhard Ott, Gruner Veltliner 1OTW Rosenberg, 2016

White Wine from Other Austria, Austria
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Bernhard pioneered organic and biodynamic winemaking in Austria after a trip to the Domaine Romanee Conti in Burgundy, where Aubert de Villaine was making the world’s greatest wines with biodynamics.

Upon his return to Austria he and fellow winemakers Johannes Hirsch and Fred Loimer established respekt-BIODYN, a community oriented group of biodynamic farmers committed to helping each other and the earth through biodynamics.

He even goes as far to make his own compost, a task most growers avoid, but which makes Bernhard giddy as a school boy when showing off his tarp covered piles. Composting may sound like a bunch of shit to some, but his heaping use of the stuff has enabled enough water retention that he doesn’t need to irrigate, even in these record breaking hot recent vintages.

Even though he’s been in charge of his 5th generation estate since 1993 (at the age of 21), he has never stopped experimenting, whether with vessels, stem and skin contact, farming techniques or different grapes. His ultimate goal has always been to prove that his single vineyards: Rosenberg and Spiegel were capable of producing world class, long lived wines.

Grüner Veltliner soars to new heights in his capable hands and even his first three tiers Am Berg, Fass 4 and Der Ott are some of the best values in Austria.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 94
"Powerfully redolent of peach, pear and musk melon, peony and basil, mock orange and honeysuckle, this delivers drippingly-ripe fruit, cooling herbal accents and musky liquid perfume on a glossy, full but in no way weighty palate. Even the vegetable side of this wine – an amalgam of roasted winter squash and caramelized parsnip – suggests sweetness, as does the sort of mineral-rich, saline savor of raw scallop that tugs at the salivary glands in a lusciously-lingering finish. “I left these crushed grapes with all of their stems sitting for 24 hours,” relates Ott, “and to be honest I was getting a little nervous about my decision. Then, after it finished fermenting, there was a stage during which it was so reduced it was absolutely undrinkable."

Wine Spectator

WS 93
"A fruity, open style, sporting apple, celery, lentil, earth and floral flavors, this has a brisk and mouthwatering, lemony finish. Lovely balance." -Bruce Sanderson

Wine Enthusiast

WE 93
"This wine's ripe yellow pear notes are joined by riper notions of yellow plum, with a characteristic salty, herbal tang. The concentrated, fresh palate picks up those notes and puts the yeasty soy-like savor to the fore. Salty, dry freshness rings long into the finish." -Anne Krebiehl


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    Other Austria

  • Grape Variety

    Gruner Veltliner

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  • Body

    Medium Bodied