Franz Hirtzberger is one of the greatest producers in the Wachau for dry white wine.
The approach at Hirtzberger is the pursuit of optimum ripeness, meticulous work in the vineyards, and intimate knowledge of each terroir. Each year they do between 4 and 5 passes for every vineyard, only picking clusters when they are absolutely perfect. You can compare this harvest approach to Grand Cru white Burgundies.
In the cellar, indigenous yeasts are used & fermentations are done in steel, but aging is in larger, older foudres. A special feature of Hirtzberger wines is Franz’s belief in not too long a time on the lees and no batonage in order to best express the purity and minerality of each parcel.