Christian Tschida is somewhat of a man about town, spending his winters touring different scenes, shaking hands and pouring wines. In the vineyard however, a distinctly different man comes out, one with the utmost sensitivity to his land, his vines, and the ecosystems surrounding them.
Farming 14 hectares of vines in Burgenland, on either side of Lake Neusiedl, planted on limestone, sandy granite, quartz, and schist, Tschida draws inspiration from winemakers further afield when determining the styles he intends to produce. From the lithe, delicate reds of Jura to the crunchy, herbal cabernet francs of Saumur-Champigny, we see elements of classic French styles embodied across the board in Christian’s wines.
In the cellar, Christian uses an old vertical basket press to only very gently extract the character from his grapes, and uses a similar lightness of touch across the board during the vinification and elevage process: large, old barrels allow for a real purity and expression of terroir to shine through the wines he produces.
There’s a real breadth of styles present in Tschida’s cellar, but in each of his wines there’s terroir, varietal, and a wealth of inspiration that sing through.