Sip Some Austria with Winery Gesellmann
A Visit with Cellar Master Albert Gesellmann
“Sip Some Austria” continues as Jessica Altieri, CEO and host of Wine Channel TV, visits with Cellar Master Albert Gesellmann of Winery Gesellmann in Mittelburgenland, Austria. The history of the Gesellmann Estate dates back to official documents found from 1776. In the 1980’s, Engelbert Gesellmann pioneered the red wine icons Opus Eximium (since 1988) and Bela Rex (since 1992), using international grape varieties and French casks. Today, all Gesellmann wines are aged in wooden casks, so that “they can find inner harmony in peace before they are bottled and sent out into the world.” The vineyards are situated in Mittelburgenland with 40 hectares among the southern foothills of the Ödenburg mountains up to the Günser uplands. The region enjoys sunny days and cool nights—ideal conditions for complex wines into autumn. As grapes are harvested, every single berry is checked so that only the best grapes are used, with some grapes grown from Gesellmann’s 90-year-old vines. Winery Gesellmann is proud to be a “Top 5-Star” winery with countless awards including a recent Decanter World Wine Award 2016 Silver Metal for the OP Eximium No. 26. In 2011, the renowned FALSTAFF wine magazine voted Winery Gesellmann’s 2009 Bela Rex Austria’s best red wine. The white wines by Gesellmann are expressive as the stony vineyards, situated within the foothills of a former volcano. The unique soil infuses the Chardonnay Steinriegel with a broad range of aromas and fine mineral flavor notes.
Join Jessica Altieri, CEO of Wine Channel TV, for a preview of the “Sip Some Austria” video series on Wine Channel TV. Wine Channel TV toured the Austrian countryside, taking viewers on a wine lifestyle tour to one of the world’s most unique wine regions uncovering countless blends and varietals that you need to try in 2016 and beyond. Wine Channel TV will be bringing you exclusive interviews with winemakers, tastemakers, and more to take you “inside” the Austrian wine scene. Austrian vineyards charm tourists with breathtaking vistas and quaint “Buschenschanks”—Austrian wine taverns. Jessica Altieri meets with winemakers along the UNESCO World Heritage landscape of the Wachau Valley, one of the most beautiful and breathtaking stretches of river valley in Europe, and ventures inside the city walls of Vienna’s palatial wonders for a vineyard located inside the infamous Schönbrunn Palace. In addition, viewers are taken along the charming Austria’s South Styrian Wine Road with exquisite wines, taverns with enchanting views, a wine hotel, home-cooked traditional Austrian dishes, natural spa resorts, and an astounding Market Hall (Genussregal) with over 1 million wine bottles to choose from—earning southern Styria the nickname, “Tuscany of Austria.” Bonus: Wine Channel TV host Jessica Altieri receives a private serenade from world-renowned tenor, Michael Schade inside Vienna’s 19th century Ferris Wheel. Stay tuned for featured wine video segments from Austria with your host Jessica Altieri.
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