Grüner Veltliner HUND Weinviertel DAC Reserve 2021
What an unusual name for a wine! But how comes that we call our wine “Hund” – meaning “dog” in German?
When Roman Pfaffl married his Adelheid in 1978, in the days that followed – one could almost say as a honeymoon – they went to the so-called Hundsleiten hill. A new vineyard was to be planted there and the first thing on the program was “crawling stones”. It quickly became clear why people had known for ages that you had to work like a dog in this field.
Although Heidi came from a farming family from the neighboring village, she had never seen so many stones in a field. No wonder. The Hundsleiten lies on a chain of hills which, starting from the mountain “Bisamberg”, forms the very last foothills of the Alps. The rock here is called “Flysch” – a sandstone containing quartz that is found nowhere else in the Austrian wine-growing regions.
The special rock is probably also the answer to the riddle of why the Grüner Veltliner from the Hundsleiten site used to stand out as particularly strong, mineral and spicy already in the early years of the winery.
Back then, Roman & Heidi started their adventure with three quarters of a hectare of vineyards. Today we cultivate 150 hectares of vineyards. However, the Grüner Veltliner HUND is still our flagship, it is one of our most awarded wines. The 2021 vintage has already received 4 gold medals: from the Lower Austrian Wine Awards, the Berlin Wine Trophy, from Mundus Vini and now also from London Wine Competition.