Weingut Schellmann, located just outside of Vienna in the historic town of Gumpoldskirchen, has long been one of Austria’s iconic wine properties. As far back as the Middle Ages, Cistercian monks had discovered the magic in the terroir of Gumpoldskirchen where Schellmann is located, and under the late Gottfried Schellmann this emblematic property became the most innovative wine estate in southern Austria’s Thermenregion. Upon the death of his close friend Gottfried, Fred Loimer who is arguably Austria’s most accomplished winemaker, decided to undertake the challenge of making wine from Schellmann’s renowned biodynamically farmed vineyards. His first venture at Schellmann is Ossi, a Gruner Veltliner named in honor of Gottfried’s son Oswald.
Fred Loimer has been called “a cheerful epicure who thirsts for life, constantly burning with curiosity. . . a tireless worker, a quality fanatic obsessed with details; someone who doesn’t let chance play a role, but instead plans out each and every step.” All this is true, and more, as Fred Loimer is a man with many facets. Further evidence of Loimer’s obsession is his decision to farm all of his vineyards biodynamically – the most rigorous method and approach to sustainable agriculture that extends organic farming to the ultimate. Indeed, Fred Loimer is fanatical about his wines and their ultimate quality, which is why he is one of Austria’s greatest and most heralded winemakers.
As is the case with most Austrian producers, Fred Loimer fashions a larger number of wines (more than a dozen at last count) from his nearly 62 acres of vines. White wine comprises more than 95% of the estate’s production, with Gruner Veltliner and Riesling leading the charge. And as one would expect, Loimer’s single-vineyard estate offerings, Seeberg and Steinmassl for Riesling and Kaeferburg and Spiegel for Gruner Veltliner, are his most illustrious and expensive wines. He also fashions the excellent Ossi Gruner Veltliner from the Schellmann estate.
Happily, all of Loimer’s extraordinary efforts are mirrored in his wines. Whether it is a simple regional offering or one of his award winning single vineyard Gruner Veltliners or Rieslings, Fred Loimer’s wines always provide plenty of pure, natural flavors, a youthful zest, and uncomplicated drinking pleasure. Ultimately, Fred Loimer’s wines reflect his credo: “My wines are to give people pleasure, not a headache.” In our experience and in the opinion of the international press, the fanatical and iconic Fred Loimer has more than succeeded in his quest. Prost!
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