H&M Hofer 2018 Zweigelt, Weinland, Austria 1 Liter
Hofer has been supplying us with our crisp dry white liters of Grüner Veltliner for a few vintages, so we know this liter bottle of their red wine had a good chance at dependability. Zweigelt is the most popular red wine in Austria and is to Austria perhaps what Beaujolais is to France--an all-purpose workhorse that is as at home with a roasted chicken or grilled sausages as it is with a hamburger.
The Hofer family farms vineyards in the village of Auersthal, located in Austria's wine region, Weinviertel, just beyond Vienna’s northern suburbs. The gently rolling hills where the vineyards are located are made up of deep loess soils, planted mainly to grüner veltliner, in addition to some zweigelt and riesling. The Hofers grow organic grains; rye, barley, and alfalfa, which are raised for consumption, and used as cover-crops in their vineyards. It is rare in this wine region of Weinvertel to find such high quality wines farmed with such meticulous attention and respect for the land. H&M Hofer is a certified organic producer.