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Harald Kraft
 

While some winegrowers are extroverts,Harald Kraft tends to talk modestly,with a touch of irony, about his relationship with winemaking: "I think that customers prefer personal dedication to dazzling gestures." Viticulture has been the Kraft family´s trade ever since the 16th century,as is impressively documented by the Kleinrath-Kraft believes that tradition and technology are not mutually exclusive. "Tradition means a rooting in the past,wich can be a source of strenght." The traditional varietal furmint, "wich has already been grown by our ancestors", is to his mind the living proof of a Panonnian wine tradition.

His 1988 Pinot Blanc Trockenbeerenauslese shows just what this enthusiastic vinter is capable of achieving. In 1992,this wine was awarded a gold medal in the European wine capital,London. It took him and his helpers two days to pick the grapes for this unique dessert wine that, after fermenting for one year, reached just 7° of alcohol. 300 gm / litre of residual sugar, 11 gm of tartaric acid, and 92,8 gm / litre of sugar-free extract amount to a beautifully balanced and luscious noble sweet wine. Harald Kraft was represented at the 1991 Austrian Wine Salon by his Neuburger Spätlese and 1999 Ausrian Wine Salon by his Blaufränkisch III / 1997 and           Genesis No. 2 / 1997- Ausbruch.

Harald Kraft has a saying wich illustrates his attitude to cellar work: "Wine is like a small child; when it cries out, you must be ready to attend to it." And there are plenty of children competing for the vinter´s attention. For example, his blaufränkisch from Ried Mariental. "The upper part of Mariental site is made of arid primary rock; with the right rootstock, it ispossible to achieve very dense wines". His 1997 Blaufränkisch from Ried Mariental has a deep purple colour and exudes aromas of dried plums, with a hint of roasted coffee.

Harald Kraft looks after the vineyards and the cellar, whereas his wife Christine is in charge of sales.A visit to the kraft estate,in the heart of the historical town,is doubly worthwhile: first of all taste the wines, but also to admire the gem of architecture that is the "wine vault of 1803" in their tasting room.

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