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 2021 Neuburger "Betont"

Neuburger is a crossing of roter veltliner and sylvaner, a variety that’s presence has been in decline. Markus is committed to preserving it by demonstrating its striking suitability to the chalky Leithaberg soils. The name Betont translates as “emphasis,” but it is also a play on the German word for concrete, Beton, in which the wine is aged. The wine sees a short skin maceration of approximately one week before being spontaneously fermented and aged on the lees in concrete egg. After 6-8 months the wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered. Named by Falstaff Magazine as Austria's Best Natural Wine in 2019.

  • 2018
  • Neuburger
  • Austria
  • Burgenland
  • Leithaberg
  • Certified Organic by LACON
  • Gritschenberg, Buschenberg
  • South, southwest
  • Limestone, schist
  • 7 months concrete egg
  • 5 day skin maceration, concrete egg
  • 750 ml

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