In the mid 1970s Leo Alzinger Sr. inherited the winery from his family, who at that time had been selling the grapes they harvested to the Dinstlgut in Loiben. It was in 1983 that Leo Sr. decided to take on the challenge of producing and marketing wine himself. This ambitious endeavor gave Leo Sr. the opportunity to develop his own personal style of winemaking; a style that to this day has hardly changed. Precision, clarity, directness, elegance, and liveliness are just some of the characteristics that have been associated with his wines since early in his career.
An essential factor that contributed to his early success was the ideal location of his vineyards in the eastern Wachau region. Leo Alzinger Sr. has since handed the estate to his son, though he still actively works in the vineyards and maintains the Wachau region’s distinguishing stone walls.
Before Leo Alzinger Jr. decided to continue the work his father began, he chose the path that many children of Austrian winemakers choose: studying Viticulture in Klosterneuburg. Particularly formative were his experiences abroad, where Leo Jr. continued his training in Germany’s Pfalz region at Weingut Müller-Catoir, working under the legendary winemaker Hans Günter Schwarz. Working a harvest season in New Zealand completed his apprenticeship and Leo Jr. returned to the Wachau.
Though he had learned various styles and methods of winemaking throughout his education, his experiences confirmed his decision to continue with his father’s technique- to let the terrain express itself through each different vineyard and vintage. Implementing his father’s cool, clear, and precise winemaking style which allows the landscape to speak through its grapes is how Leo Jr. produces wine today.