Franz Strohmeier is a visionary natural winemaker, working in the Steiermark part of Styria, known as the “Green Heart” of Austria. Franz is a very philosophical winemaker, who is never content to make wine as the establishment does around him, always making the decisions he feels express his terroir in the most natural way. He is constantly tinkering with his 8 hectares of vines to find better and more natural methods. Most recently for example, he began using whey (the liquid part of milk produced in cheese production) to spray his grapes, instead of copper sulfate. He has some portion of his grapes growing wild, without pruning, that produce very small intensely flavored grapes.
Franz does not subscribe to any certified biodynamic organization, although many of his methods sound like very biodynamic to us. If a malady strikes a vine, he often prefers to not treat it. Instead he prefers to forgoe those vines, saying the vineyard as a whole gains in health from a little bit of sickness. Biodiversity is a chief concern. He makes wines that are like nothing else we have ever tasted, a true display of the unique terroir of this region.
Franz makes sparkling wines with great finesse and stability, perfect for every day drinking and pairing with a wide variety of foods. He also makes white wines with subtle amounts of skin contact, the TLZ line, of which we are very excited to feature two fine wines, the Weiss and Sonne, amazingly crafted zero sulfur wines for special occasions.
Organic, Biodynamic, No sulfites added, Vegan
Age of Vines: 35-40 years
Varietals: Blauer Wildbacher
Vinification Method: Hand harvested, 3-week fermentation with natural yeast, the wine then spends 5 months on lees in stainless steel tanks. 30 mg/liter of sulfur is added at bottling.