This young, family-run winery is located in the northeast of Austria in an area called Ketzelsdorf-Poysdorf. Owners Sylvia (née Wimmer) and Martin Hugl both grew up in family wineries. In 2013, they combined the two estates and their considerable winemaking knowledge and introduced their first vintage together in 2016.
Owner: Martin and Sylvia Hugl
Winery Philosophy: To produce easy-drinking wines suitable for every occasion, with fruity, fresh white wines and elegant, classic red wines.
Martin Hugl graduated from the AGRO-HAK Agricultural College and subsequently studied at the University of Applied Sciences for International Business Relations. Since 2007 he has been responsible for quality control in the vineyards and wine-making.
Sylvia graduated from the HBLA for Wine and Fruit Production at Klosterneuburg and subsequently studied Tourism at Vienna Business University. Sylvia balances estate management, organizing tastings, marketing and accounting, with raising the couple’s daughters, Valerie and Helena. True to many family run agricultural businesses, the couple’s parents and siblings pitch in during the busy season.
Winery Acreage: 74.13 acres
Winery Production: 33,000 / 9L cases
Winemaker: Martin Hugl
Weingut Hugl's vineyards are located within a 2 km (1.2 mi) radius around the town of Poysdor in prime south- and south-west-facing hillsides. While vineyards are planted close to each other, the soils range from light and sandy to medium loam to deep-seated loess and loam. This soil diversity and favorable growing conditions help produce a broad range of grape varietals. Weingut Hugl owns and cultivates 30 hectares (74.13 acres) of vineyards and also works in collaboration with several partners who are cultivating grapes according to their quality targets. They buy grapes from 25 hectares (61.8 acres) of vineyards.
The focus is high quality Grüner Veltliner, the most widely planted white grape in Austria. The range of offerings reflects the versatility of this varietal, from a lively and light Poysdorfer Saurüssel and Classic Veltliner to a spicy-peppery DAC Weinviertel and a the newer Rösselberg Reserve, a fuller, more complex Veltliner.
Diversity goes beyond the Grüner Veltliner. Weingut Hugl produces many other wines including Welschriesling, which is also very important for the Weinviertel, Chardonnay, Riesling, Weißburgunder and Gelber Muskateller and Gewürztraminer (the couple calls it their “love child”) A Zweigelt Rosé was added to the range. With the reds, Zweigelt is the most important wine, classically produced in large oak casks, fruity and medium-bodied in style.
Like many wineries, the viticultural process must work in harmony with the seasons and adjust to any extreme changes in the weather to coax out the grapes’ full potential. The Hugls say they can rarely use the same “recipe’ as the previous year and allow the winemaker’s skill and time to rely on the wine’s personality to evolve. While the white wines are matured almost exclusively in stainless steel tanks, the reds mature in large oak casks. The wines from the new vintage are available from the middle of the following January.
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 vineyard and buy grapes from several partners. Their wines are well made and modestly priced for the quality. I-WineReview - January 2011
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 offers delicate strawberry, cherry and floral aromas. On the palate it is medium-bodied, lively and refreshing, beautifully balanced. A long and pleasant finish. Enjoy as an aperitif or with any light fare with friends.
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The wine is made of 100% Zweigelt grapes of 15-35 years old. 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.
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.
2016 Hugl Zweigelt Rosé - 89 PTS and BEST BUY - WE
"This offers a gently perfumed, floral nose with soft, appetizing hints of strawberry, lemon and peardrop. The palate has easy berry fruit and a refreshing tartness that is reminiscent of rosehip tisane. It's light bodied, crisp and dry." - Wine Enthusiast Magazine (September 2017), 89 pts + BEST BUY
2016 Hugl Zweigelt Rosé - 88 PTS - VINOUS
"Light brilliant orange. Strawberry, orange zest and a hint of white pepper on the fragrant nose and in the mouth. Taut and dry in style, carrying no excess fat. A touch of quinine adds a bitter edge to the firm, focused finish."
- Vinous (2017 Rosé Roundup: Drink Now, Drink Later - June 2017), 88 pts
2016 Hugl Zweigelt Rose - **1/2 - WP
"Zweigelt is Austria’s main red grape and gives this rosé its vibrant and peppery profile with loads of cherry and raspberry flavors. - Dave McIntyre"
- Washington Post ("Stocking up on rosés for summer? Start here.", June 7th 2017), **1/2
2015 Hugl Zweigelt Rose - 88 PTS - IWR
"The 2015 HuglWeine Zweigelt Rosé from Austria is a fresh, easy drinking rosé that offers pleasant, light red berry aromas and flavors. At just 12% alcohol, this is the perfect wine to accompany a light lunch on a warm summer day."
- i-winereview.com (July 2016), 88 pts
2014 Hugl Zweigelt Rose - 87 PTS - IWR
"The 2014 Hugo Zweigelt displays a salmon color and aromas of fresh strawberry and cherry. Fruit forward with a touch of sweetness, it is rather simple and easy drinking with a moderately crisp finish. - Don Winkler"
- International Wine Review (May 4th 2015), 87 pts