Werlitsch Freude 2017

Freude means joy and that's what this wine brings to fans of skin-fermented wines.



Biodynamic farming on steep hills in Styria gave rise to this wine called Freude (joy). Sauvignon Blanc (70%) and Chardonnay (30%), grown on chalky marl, skin-fermented in tank, then pressed and aged on its fine lees in large oak casks for two years.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Farming Standard biodynamic
Winemaker Ewald Tscheppe
Producer Werlitsch
Alcohol 12.50
ml 750
Residual Sugar (g/L) 1.20
Acidity (g/l) 6.40
Closure Cork
Cellar Potential Ready now this wine will show very well for 5 to 8 years but might develop further thereafter.
Grape Variety 70% - Sauvignon Blanc
30% - Chardonnay
Body medium
Sweetness dry
region Styria



Styria’s lovely landscape frequently evokes comparison with Tuscany. And it certainly offers one of the most beautiful wine-happy environments to be seen anywhere. Steiermark is comprised of three subregions, Southern Styria (Südsteiermark), Southeastern Styria (Südoststeiermark) and Weststeiermark (Western Styria). Untersteiermark (Lower Styria) lies south of the border in the sovereign state of Slovenia.

In Southeastern Styria, the volcanic hillsides roll out some 3300 acres of vines, mostly white varieties like the famous Sauvignon Blanc, light and refreshing—also chardonnay (light and refreshing as well, not much oak). These wines are all characterized by a fine mineral spice that offers delicacy to complement their vibrant character.

The wildly romantic landscape of Southern Styria offers nearly 5000 acres under the vine—planted in part on precipitous slopes in a wide variety of soils ranging from sand and slate to limestony marls. Again, Sauvignon Blanc leads the way, although brilliant wines from Muscat and Traminer also find their way to us here in America.

Weststeiermark has some 1100 acres planted to vines—almost exclusively devoted to a single variety, the Blauer Wildbacher. Of uncertain parentage, this little acid-factory is famous for yielding a wine called Schilcher—an acquired taste than some folks cannot live without. Most Schilcher is consumed within the domestic confines of Styria and often at one of the many "Buschenschank" places, the Styrian equivalent to Vienna's "Heuriger", where locals congregate to drink wine and eat small dishes.


Southern Styria

Südsteiermark, Southern Styria, rolls over quite a geological kaleidoscope of soil types: from sand to slate, from marl to fossil-limestone. A warm and moist Mediterranean climate provides excellent conditions for growers who have made their mark on the world-stage with Sauvignon Blanc, driven to extremes of aromaticity by the mineral influence of the various soils. The vegetation season spreads itself out late into the autumn and the nights are cool all along the way.

There are almost 2,000 hectares of vines growing in the wildly romantic landscape of Southern Styria, where the extremely hilly terrain provides most of the hundred-some growers with plenty of exercise as they first cultivate and then harvest their vines.

Other varieties producing idiomatic and tempting wines include Traminer, Muskateller, Welschriesling (no relation, it's the Italico, not the true Rhine Riesling) and Chardonnay, here called Morillon. Current national borders are not always consistent with tradition and history. Untersteiermark, Lower Styria, lies below the Austrian border in Slovenia.

SKU: 3272