Kolfok Welschriesling Nolens Volens 2017

Welschriesling from a schist dominated vineyard near the border to Hungary, with high plantation density offering concentration and complexity.



Stefan likes to use varieties like the Welschriesling for their transparency, meaning their quality of not overpowering the fine terroir notes with strong fruit character.

Welschriesling delivers on this promise: the Nolens Volens ( "willy-nilly" ) is a wine best described by Stefan himself in the video posted below. Willy-nilly because the winemaking program for this wine was conceived involuntarily when Stefan had no working destemmer. Whole cluster press was the answer, with about twenty percent of the juice left to ferment on skins while the rest went straight to used barrels.

The vineyard, right at the border to Hungary, is on pure schist with very high plantation density of 1000 vines per hectare. As Stefan points out, the Welschriesling greatly profits from these very specific conditions that lend concentration and fine and subtle aromas.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Farming Standard in transition
Winemaker Stefan Wellanschitz
Producer Kolfok
Alcohol 12.00
ml 750
Residual Sugar (g/L) 1.00
Acidity (g/l) 5.80
Closure Cork
Cellar Potential Ready now this wine will develop for 4-7 years
Grape Variety 100% - Welschriesling
Body light
Sweetness dry
region Burgenland



Burgenland is made up of 4 "sub-areas" and covers 19,215 hectares, which is about 48,000 acres. The dominating geographical influence here is the Neusiedler Lake (Neusiedlersee), and the 4 subdivided areas are called Southern Burgenland (S├╝dburgenland), Central Burgenland (Mittelburgenland), Neusiedler Lake (Neusiedlersee) and the Neusiedler Lake Highlands (Neusiedlersee-H├╝gelland).

From the northernmost Neusiedlersee area comes full-bodied white wines, including the countries best Chardonnays. This is also an area where great red wines are produced, including those from the "Pannobile" co-operative who age their wines in oak.

Due to the vineyards proximity to the lake and their location in the hot Pannonian climate zone, their grapes more often than not develop the "noble rot" (botrytis cinerea) which creates heady dessert wines. The region stretches along the Hungarian border, right across which Tokaji is being made.

The town of Rust, in the Neusiedler Lake Highlands, is where the famous Ruster Ausbruch dessert wine is made. This is also where storks come to roost every year, building their enormous nests on the roof of every building along the main roads. They make a clicking sound which is somewhere between a woodpecker and a jackhammer, and as you sit at the Heuriger (wine garden) drinking the afternoon away, the potential cacophony becomes something of a symphony.



When one drives south into Mittleburgenland, the sign on the door reads: Willkommen im Blaufränkischland!

They're not one bit shy about hanging their hat on the native variety most capable of producing memorable and ageworthy red wines, bottlings frequently exhibiting great depth and class. Additionally among the 2100 hectares of vineyard, one finds Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Zweigelt planted, quite frequently appearing as welcome supporting characters in the Blaufränkisch show.

Four municipalities bring the swing to the thing: Horitschon, Deutschkreutz, Lutzmannsburg and Neckenmarkt. There are more than sixty individual growers to be found, plus a couple very fine co-ops. Sheltered by mountains and hills on three sides, the east lies open to the warm and dry winds from the Pannonian plain, which combines with the mostly rich water-retentive soils to provide ideal growing conditions.

Exceptions do apply, however, like the extremes of slate and limestone of Neckenmarkt. Here the grapes get to hang a little longer than they do up on either side of Lake Neusiedl, an added advantage in the quest for balance and depth.

SKU: 3159