Fred Loimer studied winemaking at Klosterneuburg followed by stints in Germany’s Nahe and the Walter Schug winery in California. In 1997, Fred returned to his family’s estate, and in 1998, purchased the former cellar of the Haindorf Castle. Fred constructed a hyper-modern black cube on top of the old cellar symbolizing his aesthetic for modern elegance, an aesthetic that is also reflected in his wines. Fred began practicing biodynamics in 2006 and is a founding member of Respekt. a certifying body for biodynamic viticulture in Austria. Fred’s wines are among the very best examples of Grüner Veltliner, Riesling, and Pinot Noir in the Kamptal.
Location of Vineyard
Weingut Loimer consist of 70 hectares in the Kamptal and are farmed entirely by biodynamic principals. In addition to his “regional” Lois Grüner Veltliner from contracted growers and his “village-level” Langenlois wines, Fred produces several top Erste Lagen (premier crus) including Grüner Veltliner from Spiegel and Käferberg, and Riesling from Seeberg, Steinmassal and Heiligenstein. An excellent Pinot Noir is also produced from the famous Dechant vineyard. Additionally, Fred leases vines in Gumpoldskirchen where he is producing Pinot Noir, Traminer and the local specialty Zierfandler. Vines are planted at 6,000 plants per hectare, providing concentrated wines at viable yields, often from old vines.
Fred made a name for himself in the late 1990s producing incredibly rich and exotic wines with elevated levels of alcohol that received rave reviews from wine critics. His ideals began to evolve towards lower alcohol wines in the early 2000s and today, Fred issues elegant wines that clearly speak of their terroir. The single-vineyard wines spend extended time on their lees, aged in 2500 L acacia barrels, and are typically bottled in August or September following the harvest. The winemaking at Loimer is as exacting as any producer in Austria, resulting in wines of continual refinement, elegance and clarity.