The history of our winery in Eisenberg in southern Burgenland goes back to 1912. My grandfather, Johann Wachter, founded the Wachter winery with a nursery and a small vineyard. In 1952 he handed things over to his daughter Gisela. After her wedding to Johann Polczer, the winery ran under the name Weingut Polczer. In 1987 I, Hans Polczer, took over the winery from my mother Gisela and I have been running the family business ever since.
Eisenberg is right on the border with its eastern neighbour Hungary. The Eisenberg is about 400 meters high and has a horseshoe-shaped basin that opens to the south. The wine idyll Südburgenland is the smallest wine-growing region in Austria.
Eisenberg an der Pinka is also part of the Öko-Energieland, one of 39 KLAR (Climate Change Adaptation Model) regions throughout Austria. In addition to ongoing climate protection activities, the KLAR program permits a forward-looking adaptation to the effects of climate change in order to reduce potential damage and also to maintain quality of life for the community.
In our small-scale agricultural region, the landscape is characterised by wide, flat ridges and rolling hills, with mostly naturally flowing waters. The Illyrian climate, a transitional climate between the Mediterranean, Alpine and Pannonian climates, brings a high number of hours of sunshine when temperatures can reach over 20 degrees, as well as a higher amount of precipitation - perfect for red wines. Since the vines are deeply rooted, the amount of rainfall is sufficient to supply our vines with water. The water supply in the winery is provided by its own house well.
Sandy and clay-rich loam soils, primary rock soils and slate soils in very steep locations, as well as high overall soil fertility help a wealth of natural resources to grow. In the rows between the vines, all sorts of flowers as well as red and white clover thrive and serve as green manure. In the autumn after the harvest or after the press, the pomace is returned to the vineyard as fertiliser. Mechanical tillage of the soil not only serves to control weeds, but also loosens and aerates the soil.
We strive to treat nature as gently and cautiously as possible, because in order to make wines of high quality, great attention must be paid to vineyard work. The foundation for a good wine is laid in the vineyard. That is why we cultivate our vineyards according to strict guidelines, because it's only if the vine finds ideal conditions for its development throughout the year that our grapes can develop an optimal aroma through ideal ripeness and also achieve the corresponding natural sugar graduation. The resulting wines are mainly fermented in stainless steel tanks. But they also age in barrique barrels where they reach their true stature. The striking features found in our wines, in addition to the high extract, which provides intensive aromas, are mild acidity and a very high proportion of resveratrol.
The Polczer winery can look back on a century-long tradition in viticulture and the Eisenberg wine has been ready for the Olympics since 2012. The Cuvee Ferrum was honoured in 2012 in London, in 2014 in Sochi, in 2016 in Rio and in 2018 in Pyeongchang. This red wine from southern Burgenland was advertised by Österreich Haus as an “endorphin donor”.
Success in sport can only be achieved in a team, and success in the winery also comes down to teamwork. My wife and I have been supported by Gabor & Mari Völgyi in the vineyard and in the winery since 1995.