D’Amato & Szabo: Wine Thieves – Episode 18

Along the Danube Part 1

The Wine Thieves begin their cruise along the Danube exploring Neiderösterreich (Lower Austria), pausing to marvel at the magnificent, steeply terraced vineyards of the Wachau, the variegated side valleys of the Kremstal, Kamptal and the Traisental, with a pampered pitstop in Langenlois before next week’s hike into the Weinvertel. Sara loses John briefly to a reverie on loess, whose thick strata are the origins for the world’s greatest grüner veltliner, but brings him back in time for a conversation with Michael Moosbrugger, thoughtful winemaker and estate manager of historic Schloss Gobelsburg in the Kamptal, celebrating 850 harvests this year. He’s also the president of the ÖTW (Österreichische Traditionsweingüter), and speaks to us about the ongoing development of the Erste Lagen – “1er cru” – classification and the 30 years of study and research and tastings it will take to realize the  project. Our conversation gets Cistercian again as well delve into pre-industrialized winegrowing, the importance of terroir over grape variety, and how history continues to define us. So settle in with a gneiss glass of riesling, grüner veltliner or sankt laurent and join us for part one of our winding journey through the Danube Valley.


Sara & John


Austria Series:

Green Austria Part 2: Biodynamic Austria

Green Austria Part 1

Médoc Series:

Médoc Part 3: Sustainability, Organics, Biodynamics & Agroforestry

Médoc Part 2: Family, Legacy and the Future

Médoc Part 1: Médoc, the Next Generation

Côtes de Provence Series:

Episode 10: Côtes de Provence Part 5: Terroir & Techniques: The Science of Rosé in Provence

Episode 9: Côtes de Provence Part 4: Coteaux Varois en Provence

Episode 8: Côtes de Provence Part 3: Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence

Episode 7: Côtes de Provence Part Deux

Episode 6: Côtes de Provence Part 1

Bourgogne for a Changing World Series:

Bourgogne for a Changing World Episode Episode 4: Côte Chalonnaise

Bourgogne for a Changing World Episode 3: Hautes-Côtes

Bourgogne for a Changing World: The Grand Auxerrois – Part 2B

Bourgogne for a Changing World: The Grand Auxerrois – Part 2A

Bourgogne for a Changing World Part 1: Attractive Values of the “Bourgogne Plus”