I was born on March 4th in 1983
and fell in love with the wine-growing business at my parents‘
winery when I was still a teenager.
In 1997 I started to gain more
theoretical and practical knowledge at the Federal College and Institute
for Viticulture and Pomology, the world’s first and a renowned
viticultural school in Klosterneuburg near Vienna.
Two years later I worked at the
Knoll Winery in the Wachau Valley, where I realized at a still tender
age that the vintners‘ efforts in the vineyards are later
reflected in their wines.
In the year 2000 the Ronco del Gnemiz winery in Friuli, Italy, gave
me the opportunity to get to know for the first time full-bodied
white wines matured in small oak barrels.
That same year I learned more about the general structure of a first-rate
winery in our region - Topf in the Kamp Valley.
At the Fabrizio Iuli winery (Piemont),
I found it very exciting to see how great Italian red wines are
made, starting in the vineyard and finishing in the cellar.
In 2002 Roberto Cipresso (Tuscany) showed me what the life of a
“flying winemaker“ is like, and another visit to Fabrizio
Iuli in Piemont laid the foundations for an extraordinary friendship
In summer 2003, I had the great
opportunity to be part of the Loisium wine project, a new wine centre
in the Kamp Valley, also learning many technical details and subtleties
of the wine business at the Steininger Winery.
In summer and autumn 2004, after
finishing my military service, I was drawn again to the Ronco del
Genemiz winery. This time I had the great luck to meet Andrea Pittana,
a talented and gifted wine consultant, and experience with him the
beginning of the harvest at Serena Palazzolo’s winery. Once
again I realized how important it is to take every step consciously
when making wine.
When I came back from Italy I began
to study “International Wine Management“ at the University
of Applied Sciences in Eisenstadt, Austria. My special thanks go
to my partner Anna Steininger, who had inspired me to do this.
During my studies I spent the summer
of 2005 in Cambridge in order to improve my English. This was also
a good chance to get more of an insight into the English wine market.
And another two weeks in Poland - at Krasków Castle in Lower
Silesia near Breslau--allowed me to get to know Polish cultural
life and meet many nice people.