NEWCOMER Wines
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Trade

We are an importer specialising in minimal intervention wines from Austria and its neighbouring countries. We work with a new generation of producers dedicated to making terroir-driven wines from indigenous varieties. Our winemakers work organically and biodynamically, preferring to spend their time in the vineyards rather than the cellar. Above all, we look for wines that are honest, distinctive and delicious.

Our trade clients include Sager + Wilde, Fera at Claridges, Timberyard Edinburgh, Bottle Apostle, Corbin & King, Hawksmoor, Brawn, Noble Rot and Marcus Wareing.

Michael Wenzel

Michael Wenzel is based in Rust, a town on the west bank of Lake Neusiedler in Burgenland where his family have been making wine since 1647. Today Michael holds 11 hectares of vines in some of the finest sites around Rust, and focuses on the Furmint grape, a variety he has been passionate about from an early age. 

Furmint was almost wiped out of existence in the 20th century when the iron curtain forced the separation of Austria and Hungary. In the 1980s Michael’s father Robert Wenzel started bringing Furmint vines across the border with a view to reintroduce it into the local winemaking culture. Today Michael cultivates 3 of the 10 hectares of Furmint planted in the country, and is widely considered to be a pioneer of this variety in Austria. The quartz, gneiss and mica schist soils of his vineyards are perfectly suited to the Furmint grape, producing structured, mineral wines. He also grows Blaukfränkisch grapes on his more calcareous sites, which yield focused, elegant expressions of this traditional Austrian variety.

Michael is dedicated to organic farming and minimal intervention winemaking - preferring to let his grapes speak for themselves. All his wines are spontaneously fermented without the addition of any yeast, and the cellar work is kept to a bare minimum.