Heidi Schrock & Sohne Ried Kulm Blaufrankisch 2021
Heidi Schrock & Sohne Ried Kulm Blaufrankisch
Heidi Schröck has pioneered the role of women in the Austrian wine scene. Voted ‘Vintner of the Year’ by food and wine magazine Falstaff, Heidi also led an organisation dedicated to promoting female winemakers. As a result of her work, the number of women working in the Austrian wine industry has increased considerably.
Heidi took over her family’s 10 hectare estate in 1983, in the famous village of Rust, Burgenland, just five miles from the Hungarian border. Her south-east-facing vineyards along the western banks of Lake Neusiedl form a semi-amphitheatre, providing considerably more sunlight hours compared to the rest of Austria. The soils here are sandy with clay, gravel, grey quartz and schist. Heidi sustainably cultivates the classic Austrian varieties, Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch and St Laurent, as well as pioneering the revival of traditional varieties, such as Furmint, better known today across the Hungarian border.
The labels feature the old, green wooden gate from Heidi’s winery off the town square and highlight her twin sons’ involvement in the family business since 2019. Johannes and Georg both have winemaking education and experience outside Rust and are dedicated to producing great wines inspired by their rich family tradition.