Berkmann's Wine Cellars

Peter Schweiger

Weingut Peter Schweiger is a small, family-owned producer based in the Kamptal region, which along with the Wachau is home to Austria's most famous and highly regarded dry wines. Peter's sixteen hectares of vineyards are planted to Grüner Veltliner, Riesling and Zweigelt, and are farmed sustainably, by hand.

The entry-point Grüner is an accessible introduction to the joys of the variety: classic spicy, mineral flavours tempered by some upfront stone fruit character, and offered at a remarkable price for a Kamptal wine! The Terrassen comes from the terraced slopes for which Kamptal is famous. A more savoury, serious style, with extra layers of spice and concentration, this is impressive stuff. The Riesling comes from similar-looking terraces, but slate soil instead of loess. It combines the typical citrus "cut" of the variety with that unmistakable Austrian ripeness and minerality.

A signature Austrian red grape, Zweigelt gives an amazingly lively, refreshing, juicy wine that is easier tasted than described. Think somewhere between top Côtes-du-Rhône and cru Beaujolais, but with more depth and "gloss". It's winningly delicious, and benefits from being served slightly chilled.