Limited and Lovely: Pichler Family Wines: August 2023

Limited and Lovely: Pichler Family Wines

With now 7 generations of winemkaing experience under their belts, the Pichler family knows every detail of Gruner Veltliner, Riesling, and the Wachau Valley where they have grown fine wine since 1898. The story of this family is the story of successive uncompromising individuals whose focus has been to consistently increase the quality and reputation of Austria’s wines. Today we’re blessed with the ability to taste wines made by differnt family members, as the Pichler name currently represents two different labels: FX Pichler & Pichler-Krutzler.  

FX Pichler

Lucas Pichler took over the original family estate from his father Franz Xavier (FX)  back in 1999, and a decade later a new winery housed the production that critics like Robert Parker had already lauded. Lucas has expanded the family’s holdings, and now manages 20 hectares (49 acres) of exceptional single-vineyard sites situated in Loiben and Dürnstein, with an even split between Grüner Veltliner and Riesling plantings. Around 35 percent of the vines grow on steep bedrock terraces with dry-stone walls, and gneiss soils that can only be worked by hand. Any wine tasted from FX Pichler will add definition to the appellation and to the grape; be it the spicy and structured Gruners or the intensely perfumed rieslings. 


Since their marriage in 2007, Elisabeth Pichler-Krutzler (the daughter of Franz Xavier) and Erich Krutzler have made gorgeous wines under their own label near the town of Dürnstein in the Wachau. The estate spans approximately 10 hectares with top sites such as Klostersatz, Supperin, Loibenberg, Kellerberg and Pfaffenberg. Erich as winemaker works in similar but distinctly unique methods in comparison to FX Pichler, drawing upon a foundation of more organic mentality in the vineyard and what could be perceived as more natural winemaking. What culminates are wines of more fine bone and sublety in comparison to that of the FX estate.

I personally think these wines are built to synchronize over the course of a meal or evening. Beginning with a Pichler-Krutzler bottling is a refreshing opener to bright summer appetizers, while following with an FX Pichler is a natural transition into more intense pairings and matured conversations. 

Below you’ll find all the Pichler Family Wines that we have available at Vinopolis. I’ll emphasize that our current stock is rapidly running out as folks take advantage of our excellent pricing. Don’t miss your chance to grab a few!

FX Pichler and Pichler-Krutzler Wines Available Now
FX PICHLER GV LOIB RIED KLO 20 $41.90 $59.95 10 93 FS Link
FX PICHLER GV RIED LIEBEN 20 $69.00 $79.95 10 94-96 FS Link
FX PICHLER GV LIEBENBERG SMD 19 $59.00 $69.95 5 95 JS Link
FX PICHLER GV LOIBNER FED 19 $28.00 $39.95 26 91 JS Link
FX PICHLER RIESLING RIED LO SMAR 20 $69.00 $79.95 9 96 JS Link
FX PICHLER RIESLING BURGSTALL 19 $31.90 $41.95 36+ 92 JS Link
FX PICHLER RIESLING LOIBENBER 15 $49.00 $59.95 4 92 WA Link
PICHLER-KRUTZLER GV LOIBENB 19 $45.00 $59.95 7 95 WE Link
PICHLER-KRUTZLER GV PFAFFEN 19 $69.00 $79.95 5 94 WA Link
PICHLER-KRUTZLER RIESLING WAND 2019 $33.00 $41.95 6 94 WE Link

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