Weingut Lackner Tinnacker is based in the southern Austrian region of Steiermark. This family-run winery is now under the control of Katharina Tinnacher since taking over from parents Wilma and Fritz in 2010.
The first mention of Weingut Lackner Tinnacker dates back to 1770. For 240 years the winery has remained a family enterprise, giving them the freedom to create their wines just as they want them to be: full of purity, elegance, and timelessness.
The team cultivate very steep, challenging vineyards that provide optimum altitudes and perfect exposures for organic viticulture, a process begun in 2013.
The family believe that being closer to nature and the sustainable cultivation of soils leads to the longevity of the vines. Reduced yields, careful manual working and harvesting exclusively by hand are crucial to the quality of the Lackner Tinnacher wines. The renovation of the barrel and vat cellars in 2000 provided the optimum conditions for a careful vinification of the wines.
The wines are exclusively produced from fruit that is sourced from their own vineyards.
The family states that the most important assets are the soils from which their wines draw their vigour. The wines reflect the centuries-old experience in combining site, soil and climate to the optimum extent. They know their sites, and they know what they can demand from each of them. The six single-vineyard sites are ideally located on altitudes between 360 and 500 meters above sea level.
The Eckberg vineyard is situated at 400-430 meters above sea level. Their exposure to the east ensures rapid warming in the morning, quick drying of the grapes, and thus good vitality of the fruit. The limestone subsoil with marl and loam makes it ideal for Burgundian varieties.
The Gamitz vineyard is perfect for Gelber Muskateller with vineyards stretching out on southwest-facing hillside, climatically protected by two higher mountains. The soil comprises gravel, sand and loam, interspersed with scattered gravel banks. Here, the Muskateller vines have grown since 1963 – the year they were planted –forming deep penetrating root systems.
The Steinbach vineyard contains many different microclimates, slope formations and soils as well as protecting meadow edges and woods. Sand, pebble, and gravel soils can also feature small portions of loam and lime. The poor water holding capacity of the soils force the vines to root more deeply.
The Flamberg vineyard boasts warm shell-limestone soils dating back to the ancient coral reefs of the primordial ocean. At 400 meters above sea level, Sauvignon Blanc and Morillon are grown in a well-protected, basin-like slope.
Acquired in 1937, the Welles vineyard has poor, stony subsoils together with sand and gravel on a steep mountain ridge at an altitude of 510 meters above sea level exposing it to strong winds. These challenging conditions drive Sauvignon Blanc vines from Welles to peak performance.
The Türken vineyard has a slightly calcareous, sandy soil which matches perfectly with Roter Traminer. This grape has thrived here on a steep western slope at an altitude of 400 meters above sea level.
The region of Südsteiermark boasts a delicate landscape and a gentle, almost Mediterranean climate making this region one of Austria’s most beautiful places to visit.
Small-scale agriculture and century-old traditions have created two culinary specialties for which this area has become famous beyond its borders: pumpkin seed oil and, above all, South Styrian wine, which is highly regarded throughout the world. Styrian wine derives its particular aromas and flavours from the most diverse soils, with varied layers of rock, lime marl soils, gravel conglomerates, sandy soils and shell limestone alternating on even the smallest of surface areas.