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.