I actually discovered Prechtl’s through word of mouth. I was at a big tasting in Germany in search of a Grüner Veltliner to import. Everything I tasted was delicious but expensive, so I kept asking other German winebuyers for tips for Austrian Grüner Veltliner producers that were outstanding for the money. It was actually one of the well-known high-end producers who tipped me off to go check out Prechtl. I found him, we had an immediate good connection, and after tasting his lineup, I knew Seattle would be a good connection for his wines.
A year and a half later in the summer of 2013, my family and I took a trip to Austria’s Weinviertel and the Prechtl winery. (see photos above) It’s a wonderful oasis in the middle of an area that was surprisingly more farmland than vineyards. The winery–slick and modern–as well as a beautiful Weingarten is housed in the farmhouse that Franz Prechtl grew up in. His vineyards are for the most part just up the road, on a sloping little hill where you can look out over the Weinveirtel & Waldviertel regions, the small villages in the area, as well as the Czech republic 10 kms to the north.
The tour of the vineyards was great, as was the visit to the original Prechtl wine cellar where Karl Prechtl built their first press in 1839 and which still houses 4 huge casks (which Franz used to age reds wines as recently as a few years ago). There’s also a beautiful little town church which the community started building in the year 900 which was also lovely.
Prechtl is a jewel in the rough of the Weinviertel. And I left with the feeling that the Prechtl’s are building a little dynasty, and we’re delighted to help them this project! We started with 6 wines:
Weingut Prechtl Classic Grüner Veltliner
Weingut Prechtl Längen vom Löss Grüner Veltliner
Weingut Prechtl Altenberg vom Urgestein Grüner Veltliner
Weingut Prechtl Kirchfeld vom Löss Welschriesling
Weingut Prechtl Weinviertler Rotweincuvée (Reserve Red)
Weingut Prechtl 2010 Satzen (Zweigelt)
Adding the following 3 wines to the line in September 2013:
Weingut Prechtl Pinot Noir Sparkling Wine
Weingut Prechtl alte Reben aus Löss Grüner Veltliner
Weingut Prechtl Sauvignon Blanc
And to top it off, Prechtl’s 2012 Laengen Gruener Veltliner was named Austria’s champion GV this year at their countrywide SALON compeition.
I couldn’t be happier to be carrying these wines! Let us know if you would be interested in purchasing these wines at the wholesale level: firstname.lastname@example.org
Owner, J. Strecker Selections