Fred Loimer is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding winemakers in Austria. Since 1998 he has managed the winery of the same name in Langenlois in the Lower Austrian Kamptal. In 2005, Fred switched to production based on biodynamic standards. His estate is a member of the "Respekt_Biodyn" organization, according to whose guidelines it is certified. Since then, the convinced organic winemaker has been asking himself how one can vehemently support biodynamic agriculture without drifting into sectarianism.
For many years, Fred has given the answer himself with his tears. They are proof that organic wines have not been in conflict with quality for some time now. So it is not surprising that the winery of the pronounced quality fanatic is not only a member of the Austrian Traditional Wineries, but has also received numerous national and international awards for its organic wines. Loimer always seems to be one step ahead of its time. He is and remains a trendsetter in Austria's wine scene and has established his estate as one of the best and most innovative in the country.
The Loimer winery
The estate is located at the gates of Langenlois in the Kamptal in the heart of Lower Austria. The valley is one of the most traditional wine-growing regions in Austria and is best known for the typical Austrian white wine Grüner Veltliner. The vineyard area of the estate extends to 45 hectares. 95 percent of the acreage is planted with white grape varieties. The Grüner Veltliner takes up about half of this and the Rheinriesling a third. The estate also grows Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and local varieties such as Rotgipfler. Pinot Noir in particular is cultivated as a red grape.
The Loimer range
The winery is characterized by its comprehensive range, which is an expression of the extraordinary diversity of the soil and the climatic characteristics of the region. In contrast to many other growing regions, the Kamp valley has a wide variety of soils, ranging from primary rock and river gravel to brown earth and loam to loess. The characters of the wines from the region are correspondingly diverse.
Fred Loimer is a true master at translating the typicality of a floor into the character of a product. The mineral soils of the growing region give the Grüner Veltliner its unmistakable flavor and ensure a piquant freshness. The deep loess soils of the valley, on the other hand, provide the exotic notes of fruit and fruit. Another special feature of the valley are the large temperature differences between day and night. They ensure that the Loimer grape juices have a savory aroma.
The top locations of the winery are Käferberg for the Grüner Veltliner and Steinmassel as well as Heiligenstein for the Riesling. All locations impress with very different and equally characterful creations that bear the typical signature of their origin. Loimer wines are not known as heavyweights, but are popular far beyond the borders of Lower Austria because of their slightly playful floral notes. They are now drunk in over 30 countries and have been rated 90+ points by relevant critics such as Falstaff and the Wine Spectator. The highest quality white wines from the estate's top locations are known as "Kamptal Reserve".
In addition to his classic Veltliners and Rieslings, Fred also vinifies some special varieties as well as a number of unusual orange wines under the "Achtung!" label. The Austrian star winemaker has been making sparkling wine again for some time now. Of course, the fruity-floral Brut Rosé and the fine-beaded Extra Brut foam at the very highest level.
The claim of Loimer
Fred Loimer is convinced that the quality of a wine, indeed its entire character, is shaped by its origin. In his opinion, authentic wines always tell a story. It is the claim of the organic winemaker that his grapes tell a story about the power of nature and the respectful treatment of soil, plants, animals and people. Fred sees his winery as a closed operating organism that ideally produces all elements of agricultural production itself. The aim of this agricultural organism is to produce individual grapes, shaped by their place of origin, which have an independent and genuine character.
In order to emphasize the independence and truthfulness of his grape juice, Fred has largely banned high technology from his business. The organic winegrower allows all wines from their own harvest to ferment spontaneously, i.e. without pre-clarification. He experiments with must and maceration times and consistently uses wood as a natural factor influencing the taste. Loimer is therefore one of those winegrowers who have converted their high-tech operation into a low-tech operation with careful cultivation and expansion. The focus here is not on technology and mass, but exclusively on origin and authenticity.