Andreas Ziniel is one of the most exciting young additions to the Austrian natural wine scene! Based in the south eastern part of Burgenland, right at the border to Hungary.
It’s surprisingly hotter in this part of the country next to the Zicksee lake, compared to the slighter cooler areas by the larger and more known Lake Neusiedel, however, there are still Alpine winds that help and Andreas manages to keep his wines very fresh, light and often dangerously drinkable!
Having inherited the winery after studying Viticulture and then working with various wineries in South Africa, Germany and Switzerland, Andreas Ziniel (or 'Zini' as his friends call him) is very focused on the soil health of his vineyards.
His land is known to have a saline aspect included in their calcareous and gravel forms. Andreas farms 15 hectares of vines, and is dedicated to maintaining the soil health for future generations, which is especially poignant as the region has been known to really ruin the soil with chemical products.
Andreas Ziniel has also collaborated with other winemakers, like Jas Swan of Katla Wines, for the wine Fira.
Weingut Ziniel Cellar Work
Andreas Ziniel grows Sylvaner, Zweigelt, Welschriesling, Pinot Blanc, Muscat, Chardonnay and St. Laurent and his main plots of interest are called Heulage, Johannishöhe and Hutweide
In the cellar, Andreas Ziniel is dedicated to low intervention winemaking and focuses on shorter maceration periods to maintain freshness and drinkability. He ages most of his whites in stainless steel tanks, and his reds in large old Foudre wooden barrels, but also uses smaller barrique barrels, concrete barrels, ceramic barrels and amphora.