Muhr-van der Niepoort

Proprietor: Dorli Muhr
Website: Muhr-van der Niepoort Winery
Country Location: Austria

Together with Portuguese Dirk Niepoort, best known for his Port and Douro wines, Austrian Dorli Muhr resuscitated her family vineyards to produce some of Austria’s very finest Blaufränkisch



Dorli Muhr
Dorli Muhr

The appellation

In a region, Carnuntum, known for its vivacious and affable Zweigelt, the Spitzerberg estate Muhr-van der Niepoort stands out for producing some of Austria’s very finest Blaufränkisch, regionally and stylistically distinct from the fine Blaufränkers of nearby Burgenland, but every bit as expressive as wines from Gols or Deutschkreutz. The Romans planted vines in this limestone-rich Carnuntum region many ages ago, but it had fallen into wine oblivion during much of the 20th century. Dorli resuscitated her family vineyards here, on a cooler, south-facing, western foothill of the Little Carpathians.


Spitzerberg
The Spitzerberg


In the Vineyard

In Carnuntum, viticultural partners Dorli Muhr and Dirk van der Niepoort cultivate thirteen hectares—mostly old-vines Blaufränkisch with some Syrah and Merlot—in the protected nature preserve of the Spitzerberg (the end of the Lesser Carpathians, where layers of limestone soil cover the basic granite), with Grüner Veltliner and Riesling planted in Prellenkirchen.

Dorli Muhr

In the Cellar

The grapes are not treated with any sulphur, and no cultured yeasts is used; A very gentle maceration is conducted without any mechanical tools. All together, the winemaking is the same as many decades before. The wines mature in wooden barrels for two years before they are released. The emphasis is focused on handwork, articulate in the finished wines as elegance of expression and refined ageability that let the unique terroir comes through. The resulting wines have precision and sophistication, perfectly reflecting Dorli’s personality.

Muhr-van der Niepoort News:

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#WineWednesday Spotlight #152: Muhr-van der Niepoort Spitzerberg

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#WineWednesday Spotlight #133: Muhr-van der Niepoort Spitzerberg

#WineWednesday Spotlight #133: Muhr-van der Niepoort Spitzerberg

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World Class Organic Wines from Austria

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Wines:

Muhr-van der Niepoort
Samt & Seide

2014
Low inventory. The name means Velvet & Silk. This Blaufränkisch fr... more >
$26.95  
Muhr-van der Niepoort
Samt & Seide

2015
The name means Velvet & Silk. This Blaufränkisch from the extreme eastern Au... more >
$27.95  
Muhr-van der Niepoort
Spitzerberg

2011
Low inventory. 2011 was an extremely dry and hot summer and autumn.... more >
$56.95  
Muhr-van der Niepoort
Spitzerberg

2012
Low inventory. The 2012 vintage was characterized by a very hot sum... more >
$56.95  
Muhr-van der Niepoort
Spitzerberg

2013
Spitzerberg is part of the Lesser Carpathians. Grapes have been grown here fo... more >
$59.95