The Weninger family’s winemaking roots can be traced back to 1828, when the name first appeared in the records of Horitschon, a small town in Burgenland. In 1997, not long after Hungary started opening up after the Communist era, Franz Weninger’s father acquired some parcels close to the town of Balf in Sopron - a historic winemaking region that lies a few kilometres east of the family’s Austrian parcels. Before the existence of a border between Austria and Hungary, Sopron was considered to be the heart of the region, and is thought to be the likely birthplace of the Blaufränkisch or Kékfrankos variety. Here, the cool winds descending from the Sopron mountains are tempered by the warming influence of Lake Neusiedl, forming ideal conditions for the steady ripening of Kékfrankos.
In 2006 Franz and his father started converting to biodynamic farming in order to unlock the full potential of each site and show how sensitive to terroir Kékfrankos is. In Sopron, the Gneiss and Mica-Schist soils yield markedly different wines to those coming from the limestone, chalk and slate soils found in Franz’s vineyards across the border. Franz vinifies a number of different grape varieties with passion and precision, but Kékfrankos remains the focal point of both his Austrian and Hungarian portfolio.