In 2007 one of the power couples of Austrian wine, related to the famous PX Pichler, Elisabeth Pichler-Krutzler and Erik Krutzler started the Pichler-Krutzler winery. They slowly expanded their domain since then including some very best sites in the Wachau, including Durnsteiner, Kellerberg, Loibenberg, and Pfaffenberg.
Erik Krutzler, not wanting to go head to head in competition with his father-in-law’s vineyard run by Lucas Pichler, sought mid to mid plus weighted Gruner Veltliner rather than the noted top end Gruner Veltliner Smaragd. He chose to make the wine in mid-sized Stockinger casks and developed two ranges of wines, one light fresh wine known as Federspiel, and then from the top steep sites a range of wines which are called Smaragd in the valley, but they aren’t able to use the words Federspiel and Smaragd on the label because they own a vineyard outside the Wachau and that precludes them from belonging to the members club of the Wachau.
Pichler-Krutzler are highly sustainable in their farming, searching to go organic. These Riesling wines are made from the lower altitude sites on alluvial soils. Grapes are picked early, fermented in tank, giving the wine six plus months on the lees, fined or filtered as necessary and then bottled with a screw-cap.