The Heinrich story is a happy one, the age-old tale of a small family owned winery that for generations produces simple, tasty wines for family and friends, while selling the balance in bulk, until suddenly it emerges in a new generation as a dynamic tour de force in winemaking. In the case of the Heinrich winery, in less than a decade, the young Gernot Heinrich has established his family estate as one of the most exciting producers in Austria. In Heinrich's case, leaving his native Austria has been the catalyst for success. After an extensive stint of study abroad, where Gernot gained an understanding of the place of wine in the world and the demands of a discerning international clientele, he returned home to his family's winery and began turning out limited quantities of exemplary wines, all from native varietals. Gernot was determined to concentrate on traditional varietals, but with the goal of vinifying them in a more contemporary and international style. This bent has translated into less rustic wines, with more body and fruit, and far less tannin in short, more charming and harmonious wines. Heinrich's tiny Burgenland estate comprises a mere 10 hectares (22 acres), and though this small winery would seem to have approached its potential, with the production of a half dozen traditional varietals, led by Zweigelt, Blaufrankisch and Weissburgunder, Gernot is not content to stop with his present success. Recently, he planted Merlot, Syrah, and Pinot Noir; and he is completing the construction of a whole new winery. Happily, we have more to look forward to from this young, energetic producer.