The Hillinger winery organically farms roughly 220 acres of vines in the Burgenland specifically around the villages of Rust, Oggau and Jois. In doing so the winery is one of the larger Austrian producers of high quality wines, producing over a million bottles from a fairly even mix of white (grüner, welschriesling, pb, pg, sb, ch & gelber) and red grapes (zweigelt, blaufränkisch, st. laurent, pinot noir, syrah, cabernet & merlot).
This all came from very humble beginning with Leo Hillinger taking over his father’s small wine business in 1990. His father was essentially making three wines in bulk, red, white and rose. Leo very quickly began to change and develop operations through the acquisition of good vineyard sites, increased technology, and care taken in the vineyards with full conversion to organic practices in 2010.
"If the grape material is top quality, less has to be done in the cellar. After many years of experience and numerous experiments I know: The fruit must be perfect and should reach the bottle not having been tampered with." Leo Hillinger
The Burgenland is unofficially known as the red wine quarter of Austria, however the white wines produced in the are can be exceptional as well. This is largely do to the diversity of soils (black and brown sedimentary soils, clay, limestone, and varying types of slate) as well as the plentiful sunshine (almost 2000 per year) and warmth that the Pannonian region experiences.
Latest wine scores in International Magazines:
2017 Pinot Blanc Leithaberg - Wine Enthusiast 93 points, Falstaff 92 points
2017 Blaufränkisch - Wine Enthusiast 90 points
2016 Blaufränkisch Leithaberg - Wine Enthusiast 94 points
2016 HillSide - Wine Enthusiast 93 points
"Secco" Sparkling Rose
Pinot Blanc Leithaberg DAC
Small Hill Red (Merlot, Pinot Noir, St. Laurent)
Blaufränkisch Leithaberg DAC
Pinot Noir "Eveline"
HillSide (Syrah, Zweigelt)
Hill 1 (Merlot, Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch)