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MAD House Marienberg

The winery is located in the municipality of Oggau in the Burgenland DAC area of Leithaberg (Austria). It has been in family ownership since 1632. Son-in-law Christian Händler and his nephew Tobias Siess manage the vineyards and cellar. Rafaela, his wife, runs the office. Son-in-law Matthias Siess and his son Sebastian are responsible for sales and marketing. His wife Maria runs the estate inn "Zum Herztröpferl". The vineyards comprise 33 hectares of vines in the areas Altenberg, Haide, Isel, Marienthal, Neugebirge, Pratsche, Satz Zeisl and Steinhut. 75% of the vineyards are planted with the red wine varieties Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt, St. Laurent, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, and 25% with the white wine varieties Welschriesling, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

We consistently practice environmentally friendly winegrowing close to nature. Quality criteria in the vineyard are short pruning and thinning out in order to reduce the yield. The aim is to produce wines that are typical of the variety, region and vintage. The wines are vinified in the three lines Classic (stainless steel, bottled young), Premium (wooden barrel, classic) and the top line Grosse Lage (aged in barrique). Top wines are Blaufränkisch Marienthal, Tempelhüter (Zweigelt), as well as the red wine cuvée Furioso (Blaufränkisch, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot). In years suitable for the weather, noble sweet wines are also pressed. About 100,000 bottles of wine are produced annually. Noble brandies (wine, cherry) and bottle-fermented sparkling wines are also produced.

The winery MAD and the imperial city Bad Ischl are under the sign of his majesty Emperor Franz Josef I (1830-1916). Two wines were created in honour of the former ruler, namely a red wine (Blaufränkisch, Merlot, Zweigelt) and a white wine (Grüner Veltliner, Chardonnay), which are marketed especially in Bad Ischl. The sponsorship was taken over by "Kaiser" Franz Klammer (Austrian ski racer and 1976 Olympic champion in downhill skiing). With a part of the proceeds of each sold bottle of wine the "Franz Klammer Foundation" is supported. The money benefits athletes who are in need of help due to their injuries and disabilities.

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