Michael Opitz- Austrian winemaker breaking boundaries
Portrait of Michael Opitz image copyright of Doris Schiffer.
Dedicated. Driven. Bold. These are words to describe Michael Opitz who defines a new generation of young winemakers doing things differently from their predecessors. This autodidactic winemaker is not afraid to go beyond the boundaries of safely-rehearsed winemaking.
Michael relies on his acute sense of taste to craft highly distinction wines reflective of the land. He is one of the very few rare winemakers who can outstandingly produce all three styles of red, white and sweet wine. Instead of making wines each year with same recipe, he listens to the vines by observing the condition of each vintage before deciding what is required to optimise the flavour potential of each batch of grapes.
Located in the southern Seewinkel region in the Austrian state of Burgenland is the Michael Opitz winery. Here, the white and red grape varieties flourish in various vineyards around Apetlon where they receive plenty of sunshine. The unique flora and fauna of this region together with its Pannonian climate make this place ideal for winegrowing. Pannonina was a province of the Roman Empire and the Danube River surrounds it on the north and east.
Terroir of Michael Opitz Winery. Image copyright of Doris Schiffer.
True to his motto, “No tricks. Just wine.”, Michael Opitz believes that less is more when it comes to wines - no superfluous technology and processing. His desire is to create good, pure wine and organic, sustainable and fair farming enables his winery to produce excellent wines that are also good for the environment.