Gerhard & Brigitte Pittnauer

Uncompromising – Master of St. Laurent

As pioneers of the natural wine movement, Gerhard and Brigitte Pittnauer produce wines that are a genuine expression of their vineyard’s terroir. Embracing organic and biodynamic practices resulting in healthier and more flavourful fruit. With minimal intervention in the cellar, their wines undergo spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts, preserving authenticity. Their wines show an amazing balance between exotic aromas and great minerality on their white and orange wines. The red wines are balanced with the right amount of fruit, tannins and not to much acidity. Their St. Laurent wines are out of this world.

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16 products

Pittnauer pitt Nat blanc 2021 Bottle
Pittnauer pitt Nat blanc 2021 glass
Gerhard & Brigitte Pittnauer
Pitt Nat Blanc 2021
Austrian WineWhite Pet NatFruity & AromaticNo Sulfites Added
€23,50
Pittnauer Pitt Nat Rosé 2022 bottle - Natural Wine Dealers
Pittnauer Pitt Nat Rosé 2022 bottle and glass - Natural Wine Dealers
Gerhard & Brigitte Pittnauer
Pitt Nat Rosé 2022
Austrian WineRosé Pet NatFruity & Aromatic
€22,50
Alma Zita Cider
Pittnauer Alma Zita 2022 bottle and glass
Gerhard & Brigitte Pittnauer
Alma Zita Cider
Austrian CiderApple CiderFruity
€18,00
Pittnauer Blond by Nature bottle
Pittnauer Blond by Nature 2022 bottle and glass
Gerhard & Brigitte Pittnauer
Blond by Nature 2022
Austrian WineWhite WineFruityNo Sulfites Added
€15,50
Pittnauer Rose by nature bottle
Pittnauer Rose by nature with glass
Gerhard & Brigitte Pittnauer
Rosé by Nature
Austrian WineRosé WineLight & FreshNo Sulfites Added
€14,50
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Pittnauer R&B 2021 bottle
R&B
Gerhard & Brigitte Pittnauer
R&B
Austrian WineRosé WineFruity
€16,90
Pittnauer Velvet bottle
Pittnauer Velvet bottle and glass
Gerhard & Brigitte Pittnauer
Velvet
Austrian WineRed WineFruity
€12,50
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Pittnauer St Laurent vom Dorf bottle
Pittnauer St Laurent vom Dorf with glass
Gerhard & Brigitte Pittnauer
St. Laurent vom Dorf 2019
Austrian WineRed WineElegant
€14,50
Pittnauer Red Pitt bottle
Pittnauer Red Pitt with glass
Gerhard & Brigitte Pittnauer
Red Pitt 2019
Austrian WineRed WineFruity
€14,50
Pittnauer Rosé Dogma 2021 front label
Pittnauer Rosé Dogma 2021 bottle and glass
Gerhard & Brigitte Pittnauer
Rosé Dogma 2021
Austrian WineRosé WineFruity & Aromatic
€16,90
Pittnauer Pittnauski 2015 bottle
Pittnauer Pittnauski 2015 with glass
Gerhard & Brigitte Pittnauer
Pittnauski 2015
Austrian WineRed WineFruity
€18,90
Best Friend 2021
Pittnauer Best Friend 2021 bottle and glass
Gerhard & Brigitte Pittnauer
Best Friend 2021
Austrian WineRed WineLight & Fresh
€18,90
Pittnauer Perfect Day 2022 bottle and glass
Pittnauer Perfect Day 2022 bottle and glass
Gerhard & Brigitte Pittnauer
Perfect Day 2022
Austrian WineOrange WineFruity & AromaticNo Sulfites Added
€18,90
Mash Pitt 2021
Pittnauer Mash pitt 2021 glass
Gerhard & Brigitte Pittnauer
Mash Pitt 2021
Austrian WineOrange WineFruity & AromaticNo Sulfites Added
€23,90
Pittnauer St.Laurent Altenberg 2016 bottle
Pittnauer St.Laurent Altenberg 2016 with glass
Gerhard & Brigitte Pittnauer
St. Laurent Ried Altenberg 2016
Austrian WineRed WineElegant
€35,00

Pioneers of Natural Wine

In the world of winemaking, Gerhard and Brigitte Pittnauer, the Austrian couple who took part in revolutionising  the industry with their commitment to producing natural wines, have had a significant impact. With a deep respect for the environment and a passion for authentic winemaking, the Pittnauers have garnered widespread recognition for their innovative approach and dedication to quality.

The Journey Begins

Gerhard Pittnauer, born into a family of vintners in Austria’s Burgenland region, inherited a rich winemaking tradition. However, he quickly realised that the conventional practices he inherited didn’t resonate with his vision of winemaking. Fueled by a desire to reconnect with nature and produce wines that truly reflected the unique terroir of the region, Gerhard embarked on a path less traveled. He was joined by his wife, Brigitte, whose unwavering support and shared passion for sustainability would become crucial in their journey.

Embracing Natural Winemaking

The Pittnauers adopted the principles of natural winemaking, a philosophy that emphasises minimal intervention in the vineyard and in the cellar. They abandoned the use of chemical pesticides and herbicides in the vineyards, instead opting for organic and biodynamic practices. This decision allowed the vines to thrive in a balanced ecosystem, giving rise to healthier grapes with distinct character and flavours.

In the cellar, the couple took a hands-off approach, allowing the wines to ferment spontaneously with native yeasts. This method, known as wild fermentation, enhances the complexity of the wine, as the indigenous yeasts bring out unique flavors that are a true expression of the vineyard’s terroir. The Pittnauers also embraced minimal use of sulfur dioxide, a preservative commonly used in winemaking. This choice not only maintained the wine’s authenticity but also appealed to consumers seeking a more natural and low-intervention product.

The Rise to Prominence

Gerhard and Brigitte Pittnauer faced both admiration and skepticism from their peers. However, their unwavering dedication to quality and sustainability eventually won over critics and wine enthusiasts alike. Their wines began to receive critical acclaim, attracting attention from sommeliersrestaurateurs, and wine enthusiasts worldwide.

The Pittnauers’ commitment to environmental stewardship and innovative winemaking techniques garnered recognition beyond Austria’s borders. Their influence extended to the global natural wine movement, inspiring a new generation of winemakers to embrace similar principles.

Philosophy of Terroir

One of the hallmarks of the Pittnauers’ winemaking philosophy is their respect for terroir—the unique characteristics imparted to the grapes by the climatesoil, and topography of the vineyard. Beyond their commitment to sustainable practices, the Pittnauers’ attention to detail extended to the aesthetics of their wines. Brigitte, took on the creative responsibility of designing the labels for their bottles. Her artistic touch added a personal dimension to their wines, creating labels that not only represented the quality of the product inside but also served as unique pieces of art.

Gerhard and Brigitte Pittnauer’s journey from conventional winemaking to becoming trailblazers of the natural wine movement is an inspiring tale of passion, dedication, and sustainability. Their commitment to environmental consciousness, minimal intervention, and terroir-driven winemaking has not only earned them international acclaim but also revolutionised the way many perceive and produce wine.

We really enjoyed our visit to their winery and the long chat about different types of fermentations. Thank you again Gerhard for a pice of your kombucha scoby 🤩

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