When Franz Prager co-founded the Vinea Wachau in 1983, he had already established a reputation as one of Austria’s best winemakers. The marriage of Franz’s daughter, Ilse, to Dr. Toni Bodenstein in the 1990s was the catalyst for sweeping renaissance at the winery. Bodenstein, a biologist, geologist and historian, spent years studying the geology of the region and focused much of his attention on preserving genetic diversity. His “Arche Noah” project, a planting of old Grüner Veltliner and Riesling clones is the result of his work. Bodenstein’s scholarly approach, passion for biodiversity, and brilliant winemaking has elevated Prager to the highest echelon of Austrian wine producers.
About the Vineyard
Smaragd is the Wachau designation for dry late harvest wines, above 12.5% alcohol through natural fermentation. The best smaragd wines can age well for decades. Wachtum Bodenstein "the Bodenstein cru" is an experimental vineyard planted with 23 clones of Riesling.
This light golden yellow wine has enticing aromas of pineapple, apricot, and green apple. On the palate, the wine has flavors of white peach and honey, with firm acid and a long, citrusy finish.
Pair with salmon ceviche, chicken piccata, or moo shu pork.