About Rosi Schuster
The winery was founded in 1979, the year that the parents of winemaker Hannes Schuster got married. The estate works with around 11 hectares of vines, the oldest of which are 60 years old. For a few years now Hannes and his mother Rosi have been focusing on Sankt Laurent, Blaufränkisch and Rotburger. They farm the vineyards organically and pursue small yields of exceptional fruit. Grapes from the younger vineyard are used for their expressions of Burgenland Blaufränkisch, Burgenland Sankt Laurent and Burgenland Rotburger. These three wines are their interpretation of a classically styled regional wine.
Musts are fermented gently in wooden or stainless steel open-top fermenters. Both alcoholic and malolactic fermentations are spontaneous. The soils are quite diverse because the Schusters work in various villages in the surrounding areas. In the main these are sandy, loamy soils, limestone soils and clay-loam soils, with slate featuring to a lesser extent.
About Hannes Schuster
Hannes Schuster took on running the estate alongside his mother Rosi in 2005. Since then he’s established his reputation by pushing the vineyards towards organic production and in 2011 winning Gault & Millau Austrian Wine of the Year for his 2009 Blaufränkisch Rusterberg. In the latest edition of Pocket Wine Book, English wine authority Hugh Johnson handed Hannes and the estate a three-star rating, praising his “refined Blaufrankisch” and “sappy, complex St Laurent”.