Michael Wenzel

Wild + Free | Fränk 2021

A wine that is Michael Wenzel's personal answer to the 'Vin De Soif' movement all over Europe. It's a wine that reminds us of a calm sea (think Pinot Noir) clashing against the sharp, salty edges of the coastline (think BlauFRÄNKisch). This wine is 'Wild+Free', just like Michael likes to call his experimental collection of wines that are made without any additions.



Winemaker: Michael Wenzel

Farming: Organic

Region: Burgenland, Austria

Vintage: 2021

Grapes: Pinot Noir, Blaufränkisch

Colour: Red

ABV: 12%

Size: 75 cL


Behind the Bottle

Michael Wenzel

Furmint and Austria would not be the same without the story of the Wenzel family. Based in Rust, a (former) stronghold of world- famous sweet wines, Michael Wenzel’s grandfather and father believed in this grape so much that they secretly smuggled back historic clones from Hungary in times of the Iron Curtain and Cold War, risking getting caught (with severe consequences). But when they arrived back to the Hungarian-Austrian border, Wenzel senior would pull out his clarinet, playing old Hungarian folk music which was forbidden back in the communist time ...