Collection: Domaine Spotlight: Birgit Eichinger

Birgit Eichinger is a pioneer. She's one of the first female winemakers not only in Austria's Kamptal region, but also in Austria at large.

After getting her start in 1992, when she and her husband Christian founded their winery with only 3.5 hectares of vineyards inherited from Birgit's parents, Ms. Eichinger quickly rose to prominence as a producer of beautifully elegant wines from the Kamptal—a small region in northern Austria known for steep sandstone slopes and high sun exposure where Riesling thrives.

Thanks to Christian's skills as a builder, the estate's facilities exhibit a loving attention to detail—a trait mirrored by Birgit's approach to winemaking. It helps that the operation remains small—grapes (a traditional mix of Grüner Veltliner, Riesling, Chardonnay and Roter Veltliner) are sourced from only 9 hectares of vineyards spread out over the region's best terroirs.

And those terroirs are what make Eichinger's wines a hot commodity.

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  • Birgit Eichinger Gruner Veltliner Hasel
    $17.00

    White wine. Kamptal, Austria. Sustainable. 100% Gruner Veltliner. From 20 to 30-year-old Gruner Veltliner vines planted on loess composed quartz, limestone and mica particles. This 12% abv early bottling displays levity as well as refreshment. Nips of garden cress and sea salt add complexity to a juicy, apply matrix of flavors.

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  • Birgit Eichinger Roter Veltliner Stangl 2019
    $23.00

    White wine. Kamptal, Austria. Sustainable. 100% Roter Veltliner. Medium golden-yellow; with air, the nose delivers a basket full of fruit if served not too cool: pears, apples, gooseberries, greengages and a little bit of mango, mingling with a fresh bunch of herbs—amazingly deep and multi-faceted aromas. On the palate this is succulent, exuding flavors as clear as spring water. Drifts along endlessly, yet has you immediately want another glass. Again, proof of how wonderfully Roter Veltliner can taste. Forget Chablis, choose this one to go with your oysters.

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  • Birgit Eichinger Riesling Strass 2019
    $20.00

    White wine. Kamptal, Austria. Sustainable. 100% Riesling. Sourced from the primary rock terraces of Gaisberg and Heiligenstein. Harvested 4 weeks before the main harvest of the reserve wines. Fragrant hints of bergamot and Seville orange play enticingly on the nose of this beguiling wine. The palate amplifies those juicy, tart and lively flavors, sending them dancing into the finish. It's fresh, fruit-driven, dry and utterly delicious.

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  • Birgit Eichinger Gruner Veltliner Wechselberg 2019
    $22.00

    White wine. Kamptal, Austria. Sustainable. 100% Gruner Veltliner. A very pretty wine with aromas of apple, lemon, minerals, pepper, and slate. Medium-plus body with exceptional balance and flavors of Meyer lemon and citrus zest, alongside more minerals a a lovely salinity. Bright, fresh, and vibrant, with a long finish.

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  • Birgit Eichinger Gruner Veltliner Lamm Reserve Erste Lage 2017
    $37.00
    White wine. Kamptal, Austria. Sustainable. 100% Gruner Veltliner. "Eichinger's 2017 Kammerner Ried Lamm 1ÖTW Grüner Veltliner displays ripe, clear, elegant fruit and herbal aromas on the very intense, fruity, slightly flinty nose. Full-bodied, intense and sweetish on the round palate, with fine tannins and lush, mouth-filling fruit, this is a full-bodied and generous Lamm that comes along with 13.5% alcohol and finishes with good freshness and a salty minerality that gives length and complexity. Tasted at Schloss Gobelsburg, Kamptal, September 2018." — 91 Points, Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate #240 (December 2018)
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  • Birgit Eichinger Riesling Gaisberg Reserve Erste Lage 2017
    $30.00
    White wine. Kamptal, Austria. Sustainable. 100% Rs. "Eichinger's 2017 Zöbinger Ried Gaisberg 1ÖTW Riesling is clear, bright, fresh and flinty on the citrus-scented nose, where ripe, concentrated white peach aromas are displayed. Piquant and well structured but neither very intense nor complex, this is a characterful, lingering, salty Riesling from schist and gneiss soils that will perhaps gain complexity over the years in bottle. It's an excellent Riesling anyway but I miss a bit of intensity and length here. Tasted at Schloss Grafenegg, September 2018." — 90 Points, Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate #240 (December 2018)
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