The fathers of the Blaufränkisch Reunion are Gerhard Kracher and the Winzerkeller Neckenmarkt. Gerhard Kracher is famous for his subtle sweet wines from the Seewinkel region, and he has also been engaged often in other wine projects as well. The Winzerkeller Neckenmarkt is one of the most important producers of red wines in MittelBurgenland, with Blaufränkisch and Zweigelt the predominant varieties; around 280 member growers manage around 300 hectares of vineyards.
The cooperation between Kracher and the Neckenmarkt winery is a long-standing one. Gerhard‘s father, Luis Kracher, served as a consultant from 2001 to 2004 to help turn the cooperative into a modern quality winery with a solid, convincing brand identity. Over the years, there was a continuous exchanging of ideas - until one main idea became concrete:
Among the vineyards that are ultilised by the cooperative are some of the best sites of Neckenmarkt - on the Hochberg. So, how about vinifying the best of the best grapes separately and making a truly outstanding Blaufränkisch from them? The wine should be clearly recognisable by its aromas, flavours and style as a child of Mittelburgenland – yet can play in the league of top international red wines as well.
„Our goal was to create a wine that combines the opulence that Blaufränkisch can deliver so well together with cool style and elegance,“ says Gerhard Kracher. „Here in the Neckenmarkt region, we have found the absolute ideal conditions.“
Two years of preparation were finally rewarded by a vintage with a particularly favourable climate: the launch of the new wine features the vintage of the century – 2015 - followed by the 2016 vintage, which is no less fantastic (and is still maturing in the barrels).