Importer's Notes: "The field blend method of Gemischter Satz was common among peasant vineyards for practical reasons, but inadvertently it has led to a style of wine that best expresses Viennese terroir. Vienna is the only world capital with a significant wine production. It has over 1700 acres of vineyards within the city limit. It has its own appellation and hundreds of years of wine history. Since vineyards were historically extremely small, farmers learned to interplant up to 20 different grapes in the same vineyard as a guarantee that at least something would survive the vintage. In light of this blinding optimism, everything grew together, was picked together, and was fermented together, resulting in a single wine called Gemischter Satz or "Mixed Set". Gemischter Satz has an interesting complexity because of all the mixed grapes harvested together at different ripening stages. Because each variety prefers different conditions vintage to vintage, the wines show a wide range of texture, fruit, and acidity imparted by multiple grapes at varied ripening stages. However, because no one variety dominates, the wines are never so different from what the fan of Gemischter Satz would expect. With plenty of acid, bright fruit, this wine is extremely food friendly."
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