Martin Hugl
Ketzelsdorf-Poysdorf (Austria)


The Estate
This is a young family-run winery located in the north-east of Austria, in Ketzelsdorf-Poysdorf. The owners Sylvia and Martin Hugl aim to produce fruity, full-bodied wines that are typical of the region and the soils. They make use of the experience of their parents and combine it with their know-how and modern techniques to create high-quality wines. To keep quality high they limit quantity by cutting back, thinning, and green harvesting. A careful handling of the grapes during harvesting is as necessary, along with a cool fermentation in the cellar.
Total production in 2009 was 340,000 liters: 76% white, 24% red (actually no rose and sparkling wine, production - rose is planned for vintage 2010)
For the European market
they use only varietal names and offer two types of wines made from Grüner Veltliner: Weinviertel DAC – a regional brand with specially controlled quality and rules for selling it, and Grüner Veltliner classic as a second type of Grüner.
Names of their Grüner Veltliner single vineyards,  and quantities produced:
 
Zapfersberg: 5,000 liters
Rösselberg: 15,000 liters
Waldberg: 25,000 liters
Unführ: 3,000 liters
Luss: 3,000 liters
Baumfeld: 3,000 liters

Junge Geringen: 10,000 liters
Alte Geringen: 15,000 liters


Sylvia and Martin Hugl with their two daughters


Martin


Cellar

The Vineyard
In addition to using the best cellar technologies, they emphasize the work in the vineyards and the soils. Prime south- and south-west-facing hillsides and the loam soil ideally suited for wine growing are the basic conditions for high quality. They own and cultivate 22 hectares of vineyards and cooperate additionally with several partners who are cultivating grapes according to their quality targets. They buy grapes from 25 hectares of vineyards.

Grüner Veltliner is the most widely planted grape variety in Austria, accounting for 37% of the country's total vineyard area, about 50,875 acres. Most of these vines are in the large wine region known as Niederösterreich (Lower Austria), along the Danube River, north of Vienna. It also grows in a few other Eastern European countries, such as Slovakia, Yugoslavia and the Czech Republic, but the variety is most closely associated with Austria, where it has been cultivated since Roman times.  Grüner Veltliner is the indigenous variety of Austria.


Vineyards


Martin in the Vineyards

The Wines

 [Gruner Veltliner 1 Liter] - [Gruner Veltliner 750ml]  - [Gruner Veltliner Rosselberg] - [Zweigelt Rosé] - [Zweigelt Classic 1 Liter] - [Gruner Veltliner SAU-RUS-SEL]

"This is a young family-run winery located in Weinveirtel. It is owned and operated by Sylvia and Martin Hugl who make fruit forward and ripe Grüner Veltliner and Zweigelt. They own 22 hectares of vineayrd and buy grapes from several partners. Their wines are well made and modestly priced for the quality."
- www.i-winereview.com (Jan. 2011)


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UPC code: 7 84585 00971 8
2013 Hugl, Gr
üner Veltliner 12/1.0 L
Grüner Veltliner represents about 70 % of the winery's vineyards. This is an intense and concentrated wine offering pleasant citrus and grapefruit aromas, exotic tropical fruits with a hint of freshly ground white pepper. Full-bodied dry wine with a firm mineral backbone, giving it the strength of character to work well with many cuisines.

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UPC code: 7 84585 00971 8
2012 Hugl, Gr
üner Veltliner 12/1.0 L
Grüner Veltliner represents about 70 % of the winery's vineyards. This is an intense and concentrated wine offering pleasant citrus and grapefruit aromas, exotic tropical fruits with a hint of freshly ground white pepper. Full-bodied dry wine with a firm mineral backbone, giving it the strength of character to work well with many cuisines.

"The 2012 Gruner Veltliner exhibits a spicy, peppery nose displaying hints of citrus and honeyed grapefruit. This pleasant, dry, crisp white is a noteworthy value, especially for a liter bottle. Consume it over the next year. "
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #208, August 2013), 87 pts


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UPC code: 7 84585 00971 8
2011 Hugl, Gr
üner Veltliner 12/1.0 L
Grüner Veltliner represents about 70 % of the winery's vineyards. This is an intense and concentrated wine offering pleasant citrus and grapefruit aromas, exotic tropical fruits with a hint of freshly ground white pepper. Full-bodied dry wine with a firm mineral backbone, giving it the strength of character to work well with many cuisines.

"There is a nice mineral aspect in the nose and even a salty, saline-like note mingling with fresh squeezed lime aromas; light to medium bodied and quite crisp, with a pretty array of fresh citrus flavors."
- Beverage Dynamics (May  11th 2013), 88 pts
**** (4 STARS)


"An outstanding bargain from this Austrian producer located in the southern part of Weinvertel, this should turn out to be a hugely popular wine, given the price point and the liter-sized bottle. Loads of wet rocks, crushed chalk and honeyed grapefruit as well as touches of apricots and apple skin are all present in this aromatic, light to medium-bodied, fresh, dry, zesty wine. Drink it over the next 1-2 years."
- Wine Advocate (Issue 201, June 2012), 87 pts


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UPC code: 7 84585 00971 8
2010 Hugl, Gr
üner Veltliner 12/1.0 L
Grüner Veltliner represents about 70 % of the winery's vineyards. This is an intense and concentrated wine offering pleasant citrus and grapefruit aromas, exotic tropical fruits with a hint of freshly ground white pepper. Full-bodied dry wine with a firm mineral backbone, giving it the strength of character to work well with many cuisines.

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2009 Hugl, Gr
üner Veltliner 12/1.0 L
Grüner Veltliner represents about 70 % of the winery's vineyards. This is an intense and concentrated wine offering pleasant citrus and grapefruit aromas, exotic tropical fruits with a hint of freshly ground white pepper. Full-bodied dry wine with a firm mineral backbone, giving it the strength of character to work well with many cuisines.

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This is another one of those 1.0 liter bottles with a crown cap, and this is one of our favorites. It exhibits melon and honeysuckle spice aromas, a soft and very approachable attack, and light, ripe flavors of melon and apple. Very drinkable stuff."
- www.i-winereview.com
(Jan. 2011), 87 pts



National Retail Price: $14.99 / 1 Liter bottle


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UPC code: 7 84585 01531 3
2012 Hugl, Gr
üner Veltliner 12/750ml
Grüner Veltliner represents about 70 % of the winery's vineyards. This is an intense and concentrated wine offering pleasant citrus and grapefruit aromas, exotic tropical fruits with a hint of freshly ground white pepper. Full-bodied dry wine with a firm mineral backbone, giving it the strength of character to work well with many cuisines.



National Retail Price: $12.99 / bottle



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UPC code:
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2008 Hugl, Rosselberg, Gr
üner Veltliner 12/750ml
A wonderful, complex Gruner Veltliner with intense, crisp lime flavors followed by a mouthful of mineral notes and gooseberry. A long, lingering finish makes you thirsty for more! A great accompaniment to any Asian or fresh seafood dishes.

"The medium yellow straw Rösselberg Grüner Veltliner is a very attractive wine. It offers an enticing bouquet of lime, mint, yellow melon and resin and flavors of melon, stone fruit, and spice. It has good acidic balance and a moderately long finish. It should be even better in another year’s time."
- www.i-winereview.com (Jan. 2011), 89 pts




National Retail Price:
$18.99 / bottle

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UPC code: 7 84585 01641 9
SCC code: 10784585015471
2013 Hugl, Zweigelt, Rosé 12/750ml
Despite its relative youth, Zweigelt is actually an Austrian classic. This variety was created in 1922, when Dr. Fritz Zweigelt crossed two grapes - St Laurent and Blaufränkisch. Originally, it was intended for the new variety to be called Rotburger, referring to the place where it was born, Klosterneuburg. But this name never took hold, and instead, Zweigelt was named after the man who was the key in its development.
Today, Zweigelt is the most widely planted red variety in Austria, growing in nearly 9% of this country's vineyards. It is a robust grape, highly resistant to dryness, frost and various diseases. 

11.5% ALC. BY VOL.
Residual Sugar: 3.6 grams / Liter
Acidity: 6.50
Only the best grapes are harvested with a lot of experience and know-how and further processed. The grapes are fermented directly gently pressed and cooled. The fermentation takes place exclusively in stainless steel tanks.

The wine boasts a pale rosé color, it has plenty of fruity aromas, with red cherry and wild strawberry flavors. It is medium-bodied, but it still have a nice long and pleasant finish with a light cinnamon type of spice to it.

Perfectly at home on any picnic, delicious with fried chicken, and tames the heat when paired with spicy dishes. There is also a slight watermelon note that makes it perfect for spring and summer. A great pairing with barbecued shrimp.


National Retail Price: $12.99 / bottle


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UPC code: 7 84585 00151 4
2012 Hugl, Zweigelt, Classic 12/1.0 L
Despite its relative youth, Zweigelt is actually an Austrian classic. This variety was created in 1922, when Dr. Fritz Zweigelt crossed two grapes - St Laurent and Blaufränkisch. Originally, it was intended for the new variety to be called Rotburger, referring to the place where it was born, Klosterneuburg. But this name never took hold, and instead, Zweigelt was named after the man who was the key in its development.
Today, Zweigelt is the most widely planted red variety in Austria, growing in nearly 9% of this country's vineyards. It is a robust grape, highly resistant to dryness, frost and various diseases. 
The wine boasts a concentrated color, fruity and spicy aromas, cherry flavors. Full-bodied, smooth and round, the wine is an ideal food companion.

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UPC code: 7 84585 00151 4
2011 Hugl, Zweigelt, Classic 12/1.0 L
Despite its relative youth, Zweigelt is actually an Austrian classic. This variety was created in 1922, when Dr. Fritz Zweigelt crossed two grapes - St Laurent and Blaufränkisch. Originally, it was intended for the new variety to be called Rotburger, referring to the place where it was born, Klosterneuburg. But this name never took hold, and instead, Zweigelt was named after the man who was the key in its development.
Today, Zweigelt is the most widely planted red variety in Austria, growing in nearly 9% of this country's vineyards. It is a robust grape, highly resistant to dryness, frost and various diseases. 
The wine boasts a concentrated color, fruity and spicy aromas, cherry flavors. Full-bodied, smooth and round, the wine is an ideal food companion.

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UPC code: 7 84585 00151 4
2010 Hugl, Zweigelt, Classic 12/1.0 L
Despite its relative youth, Zweigelt is actually an Austrian classic. This variety was created in 1922, when Dr. Fritz Zweigelt crossed two grapes - St Laurent and Blaufränkisch. Originally, it was intended for the new variety to be called Rotburger, referring to the place where it was born, Klosterneuburg. But this name never took hold, and instead, Zweigelt was named after the man who was the key in its development.
Today, Zweigelt is the most widely planted red variety in Austria, growing in nearly 9% of this country's vineyards. It is a robust grape, highly resistant to dryness, frost and various diseases. 
The wine boasts a concentrated color, fruity and spicy aromas, cherry flavors. Full-bodied, smooth and round, the wine is an ideal food companion.

"Austria is far ahead of other countries in using the one-liter format, which offers one-third more wine for a bargain price. Hugl makes an excellent gruner veltliner ($13 for a liter) and this juicy red, which is ideal for dinner parties when wine facilitates discussion rather than dominating it."
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Washington Post (September 19th 2012), *1/2

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UPC code: 7 84585 00151 4
2009 Hugl, Zweigelt, Classic 12/1.0 L
Despite its relative youth, Zweigelt is actually an Austrian classic. This variety was created in 1922, when Dr. Fritz Zweigelt crossed two grapes - St Laurent and Blaufränkisch. Originally, it was intended for the new variety to be called Rotburger, referring to the place where it was born, Klosterneuburg. But this name never took hold, and instead, Zweigelt was named after the man who was the key in its development.
Today, Zweigelt is the most widely planted red variety in Austria, growing in nearly 9% of this country's vineyards. It is a robust grape, highly resistant to dryness, frost and various diseases. 
The wine boasts a concentrated color, fruity and spicy aromas, cherry flavors. Full-bodied, smooth and round, the wine is an ideal food companion.

"
Spicy dark red fruit with a forest floor note on the nose. Medium dark ruby. Ripe dark cherry and plum fruit on the palate, again with some earth notes. Finishes with rather jammy red fruit flavors, quite long. Very good for a 1 liter bottle."
- www.i-winereview.com
(Jan. 2011),
88 pts


National Retail Price: $16.99 / 1 liter-bottle


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UPC code: 7 84585 01368 5
2010
Wimmer, Gruner Veltliner, SAU~RÜS~SEL 12/750ml

100% Gruner Veltliner
Crisp lime flavors, white pepper and lentils, followed by a mouthful of mineral notes and gooseberry. A long lingering finish 
A great accompaniment to any Asian or fresh seafood dishes.



National Retail Price:
$17.99 / bottle