"Moric is Here."
Last spring, I chatted with Roland and his brother Heinz. My conversation and tasting of their wines wrought this little piece of wine writing:
Velich Seewinkel Wild
Near the southeastern shore of Lake Neusiedl lies a wine region called Seewinkel. As far as European winemaking locations go, it's a fairly wild place. Seewinkel is dotted with numerous small lakes lying in alkaline depressions. In fact, some of the lakes contain salty water, while others evaporate entirely during hot summer months. Strong gusts of wind blow across low vegetation and wide open sky. There are also herds of cattle dotting the landscape. This ruminant, which has been herded in the region for centuries, looks like something along the lines of a longhorn-water buffalo hybrid. This is the atypical landscape in which the Velich family produces some of Austria's best dry white and dessert wines.