Weingut Prager Bo­den­stein

Meet­ing with a pas­sion­ate wine­maker !

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Prager is an fam­ily owned Aus­trian vine­yard lo­cated in the Wachau re­gion (Prague), one of the most qual­i­ta­tive Aus­tria’s ter­roir. Since the 90’s, it has been man­aged by Toni Bo­den­stein and his wife, who have suc­ceeded in mak­ing their vines evolve both through fam­ily know-how, trans­mit­ted from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion, and the op­por­tu­ni­ties of the present.

The his­tory of the Wachau wine re­gion be­gan cen­turies ago with the monks who, con­vinced of the ex­cep­tional potential of the soil, had the am­bi­tion to pro­duce the best pos­si­ble wine. They were also se­duced by the huge vari­a­tions of ter­roir from one vine­yard to an­other, and thus be­tween each of the wines. In­deed, be­tween the ter­roirs con­trasts and the in­flu­ences of a com­plex mi­cro­cli­mate, the Prager’wines en­joy a unique qual­ity and offer a large range of wines.

Cur­rently the Prager vine­yard is ex­tended on 16 hectares. They are planted with 60% Ries­ling, the rest is de­voted to the Grüner Velt­liner.

Why is your ter­roir so spe­cific?

Robert Bo­den­stein: The ter­roir of the Wachau val­ley is a big mys­tery. The ge­ol­ogy, cli­mate and soil of the Wachau is in­flu­enced by var­i­ous fac­tors. Start­ing with an au­tochthone moun­tain range, the ge­ol­ogy of the Wachau is largely in­flu­enced by both flu­vial and al­lu­vial pro­cesses, there­fore cre­at­ing ex­tremely di­verse struc­tures in a tight space. The cli­mate is in­flu­enced by dif­fer­ent cli­mate-zones as well: in the Wachau val­ley, the Pan­non­ian cli­mate and the At­lantic cli­mate meet and cre­ate a spe­cial sub-cli­mate, that dif­fers ex­tremely in­side the val­ley. For ex­am­ple, there is usu­ally a 2 week dif­fer­ence in the phe­nol­ogy of the wine be­tween the vil­lages in the east and in the west.

What is your sig­na­ture? What al­lows you to rec­og­nize your wines in blind tast­ings?

R.B.: The el­e­gance and fi­nesse, and sometimes the min­er­al­ity (de­pend­ing on the site). Our wines are pro­duced with­out Botry­tis and there­fore es­pe­cially show the dif­fer­ence be­tween dif­fer­ent vine­yards or the in­her­ent char­ac­ter­is­tics of a cer­tain vine­yard (e.g. Ach­leiten). Fur­ther­more we don’t use any pec­tolytic en­zymes or fin­ing agents in our pro­duc­tion in order to fur­ther show the vin­tage-typ­ic­ity.

What is wine for you ? What does it rep­re­sent?

R.B.: Wine rep­re­sents for me life-qual­ity, joie de vivre and he­do­nism.The joy of be­ing. Wine is a won­der­ful union be­tween the earth, the his­tory and a man… it’s a blend of a spe­cial re­al­ity, a beau­tit­ful re­al­ity… Wine is the em­pa­thy of a man for his ter­roir…. It’s the hearth of a man. Wine is my way of life, my pro­fes­sion and my deep pas­sion.

De­scribe your pas­sion for wine in 3 words… R.B.: Him­mel auf Er­den (Heaven on earth).

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