Kracher

Weinlaubenhof Kracher was founded in 1959 by Alois Kracher Sr., and in less than ten years, the winery was recognized for making some of the best sweet wines in the region. In 1981, Kracher achieved world-wide recognition. Soon after, Alois Kracher Jr. joined his father at the winery and under his direction, the wines won innumerable national and international accolades. In 2007, Gerhard Kracher took over from his father and the reputation of the winery has continued to soar. Today, Kracher is considered one of the top wineries in the world.

Located in Burgenland, an hour southeast of Vienna and near the lake Neusiedlersee, Kracher owns thirty-five hectares of vines three kilometers from the shore. Gerhard has planted the vineyards at a high density in order to lower yields, which gives the wines more concentration and complexity. Traditional varieties are planted—Welschriesling, Chardonnay, Traminer, Pinot Blanc, and Scheurebe—in soil composed of sand and gravel, which allows the vines to root deeply and provides good drainage. The influence of the lake and the Pannonian climate (low precipitation, hot summers and moderately cold winters) create a very special micro-climate, with fog occurring regularly in the fall; these conditions are ideal for the development of botrytis cinerea, the famous "noble rot". 

At harvest, the grapes are strictly sorted according to ripeness. Auslese is normally 75-90 g/L sugar; BA is 110-135 g/L; and TBA 140+ g/L. Fermentations are long and slow with natural yeasts in stainless steel or large oak barrels depending on the cuvée. Before bottling, each vintage blend is determined by blind tasting. The goal is to capture the balance of acidity, lusciousness, complexity, and sense of place.

Most of their wines—85% of their production—bear the designation of Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese or ice wine. This includes not only their standard lineup, but also limited editions of special collection wines bearing a gold labels; these special wines are numbered and the higher the number, the higher the level of botrytis and the sweeter the wine. Perhaps the family's devotion to dessert wines is a reason why, over three generations, the Kracher family has come to symbolize the best of not only Austrian sweet wine, but sweet wine, period. The wines have long been in a class of their own; practically no other dessert wines have reached such a high level of recognition worldwide, and only a few have come close to the high ratings Kracher wines continuously receive. We are delighted to welcome them to our portfolio.