Franz Weninger, Franz plays with Kalk und Staub
A party in a bottle - a mild fizz of excitment, plenty of fruits in the mix, and seriously funky.
Grapes: Pinot Noir
Place: Sopron, Hungary
Colour: Sparkling Rosé
Before the existence of a border between Austria and Hungary, Sopron was considered to be the heart of the historic winemaking region. It is thought to be the likely birthplace of Blaukfränkisch, locally known as Kékfrankos. The Weninger Family's winemaking roots can be traced back to 1828, when the name first appeared in the records. In 1997, not long after Hungary started opening up following the fall of the Iron Curtain, Franz's father acquired some parcels close to the town of Balf near Sopron. Three years later, upon his return from California, a young Franz took over the Hungarian operations and immediately started experimenting with spontaneous fermentation instead of using commercial yeasts.