Austrian born, Franz Reinhard Weninger grew up on his parents’ wine estate in central Burgenland only a few kilometers from Lake Neusiedl. From his father, he not only learned the art of making wine, but also discovered his great passion. In 2000, he decided to continue a project begun by his father, who purchased vineyards in the small village of Balf, Hungary near the Austrian border in 1997. Balf lies at the southern end of Lake Neusidel which stretches from Austria’s Burgenland region to the Sopron region in east Hungary. Sopron is red wine country and the 1,900 hectares between Lake Neusiedl and the Sopron Mountains are primarily dedicated to the cultivation of dry red wines. The Spern Steiner and Frettner vineyard sites farmed by Weninger are among the best in Hungary and have been cultivated for centuries. Franz Reinhard is a passionate biodynamic farmer, a discipline that he shares with his father. Together the two rank among Austria and Hungary’s experts in this methodology. The estate converted exclusively to biodynamic farming in 2006 though both Franz Reinhard and his father were interested in pursuing environmentally friendly wine growing practices long before then. A specialist in the crafting of Kékfrankos, the Hungarian equivalent of Blaufränkisch, Franz Reinhard has the vision, energy, and worldliness to open the eyes of the world to what Hungary has to offer.
Winemaker Franz Reinhard Weninger
Family Petra (wife), Franz Ludwig (Father), Martina (Mother), Paul and Emil (Sons)
Vineyards Spern Steiner, Frettner
Astrological Sign Cancer
You Can Find Me Telling stories, growing delicious grapes and spending time with my family