Markus Altenburger

Leithaberg | Jois

Markus Altenburger is stoking a building fascination with Leithaberg wines. His vineyards (now in the third year of organic conversion) perch at Austria’s far eastern edge, where vast, shallow Lake Neusiedl and the low Leitha mountain range wrangle for influence. Markus wants his wines to express this Pannonian-meets-Alpine tension along with the subtleties of distinctive limestone and slate soils through a small handful of native and traditional Austrian varieties, now more red than white. He is focused on blaufränkisch, a narrow range of now-rare native white varieties and old-vine chardonnay, and distinctly Austrian styles of rosé.

Markus Altenburger 2018 Chardonnay "vom Kalk"

Altenburger's Chardonnay is grown in a number of parcels around the village of Jois, some planted by Markus' father. The wine is fermented spontaneously, like all wines at Altenburger, and aged on the gross lees in stainless steel until bottling. The terroir present in the wine is that of weathered limestone, or 'kalk'.

  • 2018
  • Chardonnay
  • Leithaberg
  • Austria
  • Burgenland
  • Leithaberg
  • Conversion Organic under LACON
  • South, southwest
  • limestone, loam, schist
  • 8 months stainless steel
  • Stainless Steel
  • 1.4
  • 750 ml

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