Ep 10: ‘The Wine Talking’ | Alexander Koppitsch | Burgenland, Austria

Show notes
(01:25) Background to the location and family winemaking history
(10:10) Wine tasting (individual wine details below)
(37:31) Wine fairs attended by Alexander Koppitsch in the coming months

Wines tasted

1. Gruner Vertliner, Autentische 2017 (Barrel sample)
Some ‘funk’ on the nose.
Much more restrained in mouth.
I had the impression that it would change over time in the glass.

2. Weissburgunder Autentische 2017 (Barrel sample)
Reminded me of Reisling, but actually Pinot Blanc
A lot calmer nose than first wine (Grapefruit aromas)
Fresh vibrant wine

3. Welschriesling Maischevergoren 2016 (Orange Wine)
40 year old vineyard
Grown on limestone
2 weeks on skins
Already bottled and will spend a year in the bottle before release.
This is their ‘orange wine for beginners’

4. Gemischter Satz 2016
1934 vineyard
Harvested from mixed vineyard on variable soil
2 weeks on skins
Vibrant colour

5. Rosé Autentische. 2017. Zweigelt, St Lauren, Blaufränkisch, Pinot Noir and Syrah (barrel sample)
Not produced every year.
Not pressed, fermented in steel tank
Vibrant colour. Great balance

6. Zweigelt Autentische 2016.
3 – 4 weeks on skins.
2,000L old acacia and oak barrels.

7. Rot Autentische no 3. 2015.
3 – 4 weeks on skins.
Maria told me ‘it was nothing special’ but that made it special. It is a pleasant surprise.

8. Zweigelt (unfiltered) 2015.
500L barrels
Bottled in August 2017

9. Blaufränkisch (unfiltered) 2015 (single vineyard).
25 years old vineyard
Bottled in August 2017

10. Syrah 2015.
Not much syrah planted in the area
Nose: subtle.
Mouth: Elegant, juicy, fruity

11. Pretty Nuts 2017. Blaufränkisch
Bottled early in fermentation and all Alexander Koppitsch Pet Nats are disgorged.
Fun colour and taste

Contact details

Tel: +43 650 8611322
Email: office@alex-koppitsch.at

Upcoming Wine Fairs

Bottled Alive, Tabor www.facebook.com/bottledalive2018
Vella Terra, Barcelona www.vellaterra.com
Weinsalon Cologne www.weinsalonnaturel.com
Prowein Dusseldorf www.prowein.com
Raw Wine, London www.rawwine.com/fairs/london-2018

UK importer
Tel: +44 20 8965 2000

Intro and outro music
The New Investors


Contact: glenn@velournet.dk

Visit details
Location: Weingut Koppitsch Alexander, Burgenland
Hosts: Maria and Alexander Koppitsch
Date visited: 20th January 2018

Ep 9: ‘The Wine Talking’ | Mike Mazey | Brno, Czech Republic

Show notes:

(02:00) Mike’s backstory and who the book is written for

(07:43) Winewords, a bridge to WSET higher levels for non-native English speakers

(11:40) How eight Masters of Wine helped Mike write the book

(15:43) How the experience of writing the book changed Mike

(19:00) Visiting Niepoort in Portugal’s Douro Valley

(22:08) Next steps in the Winewords journey


Mike’s bio:

Mike Mazey is a former Winemaker from Australia and the lead-author of the textbook:
WineWords – English for Wine Professionals and Wine Lovers.
He specializes in teaching Wine English to wine professionals, in the form of workshops, courses and lessons. The aim of this training is to help non-native speakers of English to communicate about their wines in professional settings, such as wine tastings, vineyard and cellar tours, at trade fairs and through written communication.

He is currently working on expanding the Wine English workshops and courses he runs to other neighbouring countries in Central Europe and hopes to establish this in cooperation with the approved service providers of the WSET and other wine education institutions.




Tel: +420 702 178 192

Email: info@mkm.cz (book publisher)

mikemazey@gmail.com (personal)

Youtube.com search ‘Winewords the book’

Intro and outro music:

The New Investors


Contact: glenn@velournet.dk

Interview Location: MKM Language School, Brno, Czech Republic

Host: Mike Mazey, WineWords author

Date visited: 19th January 2018