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Leth Franz

The winery is located in the municipality of Fels am Wagram in the Lower Austrian wine growing region of Wagram. It was founded in the early 1960s by Franz and barbara Leth. Today it is managed in the third generation by Franz Leth. The vineyards comprise 52 hectares of vineyards in the Brunnthal, Scheiben and Steinagrund areas. They are 80% planted with the white wine varieties Grüner Veltliner, Riesling,Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Roter Veltliner and Gelber Muskateller, and 20% with the red wine varieties Zweigelt,Pinot Noir and St. Laurent. For decades now, we have been cultivating our vines in a natural, environmentally friendly manner, without herbicides and insecticides, and with a minimum use of chemical pesticides.

After complete clarification of the must, the white wines are fermented spontaneously at a controlled temperature with the vineyard's own yeasts and matured in stainless steel tanks with typical fruitiness. The further ageing of the top wines takes place in traditional large wooden barrels. The best red wines from the great vintages are matured in new barriques. The wines are vinified in the two lines "Classic" and "Lageweine". The premium wines of the house are Grüner Veltliner Scheiben Reserve, Roter Veltliner Scheiben and Zweigelt "Gigama". Old wines are offered back to the year 1973. The winery is a member of the Winegrowers' Association of Wagram Wineries, whose chairman is Franz Leth, and of the Traditional Wineries of Austria.

On one hectare in the reed Floss, old, partly almost extinct varieties are collected. The collection includes regional varieties from Lower Austria, Styria and Burgenland, but also from Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, Hungary and the USA. The stock has grown to 250 varieties, of which there are about 15 vines each. Among them are Bettlertraube, Braunweißer Veltliner, Elvira, Gänsfüßer, Geißdutte, Grüner Portugieser, Grünling, Heunisch(Gouais Blanc), Honigler(Mézes Fehér), Königsast, Liliorila, Noah, Ochsenauge, Österreichisch-Weiß, Räuschling, Riesliner, Slankamenka and Tauberschwarz. By means of micro-vinification, partly varietal wines are obtained. A real curiosity is the cuvée "Simply Wow!", which is made from all varieties

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