Whether you are hosting a dinner party or need the perfect wine for a lazy day at the beach, a liter bottle is the answer. Think about it: it’s 33% more wine! Not only does this format provide more volume, it is also greener for the environment and the wines tend to be low in alcohol, refreshing, and alarmingly easy to drink. As the 1-Liter trend is getting more and more popular, we have now quite a collection of liters from several countries and a dizzying array of grape varieties.
Our newest 1 Liter: the 2013 Pfneisl Blaufränker
Rather than make wine with their father and uncles who run the well established family estate in Austria, Birgit and Katrin Pfneisl decided to farm their ancestral vines In Sopron, Hungary, where Blaufränkisch is Kékfrankos and Pfneisl is Pfneiszl. Organic farming, old vines and wild fermentation all contribute to the finesse of their wines.
Their Kékfrankos has always been more Blaufränkisch than most Blaufränkisch so we were happy to discover Birgit and Katrin’s increasing involvement in the Austrian estate and immediately taken with the results. Blaufränker is that wine: a collaborative wine project between Blue Danube Wine Co and the Pfneisl sisters, born from the common goal of deepening our relationships with each other and this love-able grape.
From the Pfneisl sisters: fruity, spicy, dry, and complex. The exotic charms of Blaufränker, our not so simple house wine, come from the old local grape Blaufränkisch from our Austrian vineyards. We are sisters, farmers, and winemakers. The land is our livelihood. We live to respect and share its gifts, above all Blaufränkisch. In it, twinkle the stars and sun, the wildness of nature, the faces of our friends and family and maybe yours too!
The label was designed by New York based artist Steven Solomon. Check out his website here.
From Austria and Slovenia, we have 5 more delicious 1 Liter wines available to you:
The Bernreiter Heuriger is a unique Viennese specialty called Gemischter Satz or Mixed Set in German. Historically, winegrowers inter-planted their vineyards with several varietals as a protection against diseases. All varieties would be picked at the same time resulting in mixed ripeness levels. Bernreiter honors this tradition by harvesting Grüner Veltliner, Weissburgunder, Grauburgunder, Chardonnay, and Riesling together. Heuriger is also a Viennese specialty: a rustic wine tavern where you enjoy glasses of Gemischter Satz, traditional music, and local food such as wiener schnitzel and liptauer (cheese spread) with paprika and pumpkin seed oil.
The Familie Maier Zweigelt is produced at the renowned Bio-organic estate Geyerhof by Ilse Maier’s son Josef. It is sourced from the family’s certified organic vineyards on the hillsides of the Kremstal appellation. Fermented with native yeast, it is aged in giant old acacia barrels with no sulfur until bottling. Like a spicy Beaujolais, the wine is light in alcohol (12.5%), full of minerality and black cherry flavors with earthy notes on the finish. Serve it slightly chilled with charcuterie and cheese.
This thirst quenching white wine comes from the eastern side of Slovenia, north of Maribor and just south of the Austrian border. All the fruit comes from steep vineyards sustainably farmed by the Črnko family near the village of Jarenina. The wine is a blend of Laški Rizling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Ravenec. A touch of Yellow Muscat adds fragrance to the beautiful flavor. Low in alcohol (only 10.80%!), it shows some minerality, healthy acidity, and a refreshing light body. Enjoy it anywhere, anytime as soon as the temperature reaches 90°F.
Cvicek is the traditional wine of Posavje, the smallest of Slovenia’s wine regions in the south-east of the country along the border with Croatia. It is a unique blend of both white grapes (Kraljevina, Laski Riesling, Sylvaner, Zlahtnina, Ranfol, Lipna and other less known older varieties) and red grapes (Zametna Crnina, Franconian and Portugalka). Very low in alcohol (9.5%), this is a very popular wine among locals and visitors to the region and its acidity goes great with traditional hearty Slovenian food like blood sausages, cured meat, roasted kid, and Slovene pasta.
The Santomas LNG liter is 100% Istrian Refošk from the town of Koper on the Slovenian coast of Istria. Refošk belongs to the ancient Refosco family of grapes native to the Veneto region and neighboring areas of Friuli, Trentino, Istria, and Karst. The name comes from the Friulian words rasp and fosco, meaning grape and dark. While light in alchohol, the wine is inky and peppery with flavors of forest berries. Thanks to its unobtrusive freshness, it matches simple grilled meat and fish. Try it also with pasta and sausage cooked in Refosco and tomato sauce and of course use the same wine for cooking and drinking.
Try all 6! Order the sampler today.