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.

Roland & Alice Tauss

Roland and Alice Tauss were among the first five growers to start a movement for biodynamic and sustainable winemaking in Styria. They have always worked the vineyards and vinified their fruit using traditional, low interventionist techniques, believing that this is the best way to bring out the individual character of each wine. 

Roland and Alice cultivate 6 hectares of old vines in Southern Styria, an area that is typically associated with white varieties such as Morillon (Chardonnay) and Sauvignon Blanc. However, the couple discovered that the signature ‘Opok’ (sandy loam) soil of this region produces beautiful and unique expressions of Blaufränkisch. 

Their vineyards are spread over 3 different sites, all planted on very steep slopes that can reach a 50% incline. The south facing exposure of the parcels ensure that the grapes reach optimal ripeness, while the high altitude preserves the freshness of the Blaufränkisch grapes.The conditions here produce long living wines with graceful tannins and delicate profiles. Roland and Alice undoubtedly bottle some of the finest examples of this native Austrian variety in the region.