Martin Arndorfer comes from a long line of winemakers, and he grew up in the vineyards and cellar of his parent’s estate. Anna Stieninger is the daughter of Karl Steininger, one of the most respected winemakers in Austria. They are a wine power couple. Both born with a genetic love and a nurtured appreciation for for Riesling and Grüner Veltliner grapes.
Martin tried to play sick from Kindergarten because he preferred to stay in the vineyard with his mother. At the age of 12 he truly fell in love with winemaking. Anna started even younger. She was basically “born in the cellar” and had been helping the family vineyards since she could walk.
After attending an established Austrian school, which had been developing the countries greatest winemakers since 1860, Martin headed off to Italy to get some practicum. Martin developed much of his inspiration while studying with Serena Palazzo at Ronco del Gnemiz and Fabrizio Iuli (yes, that Fabrizio Ilui!). From Serna, he devloped an appreciation for full bodied white wines matured in small oak barrels, and from Fabrizio he learned how to make “complex and straight-forward” red wines. These two wineries sparked his passion for thrilling red, ambitious wines and barriques. He also found lifelong friends in Italy (and would eventually find Indie through Fabrizio).
Thanks to Anna’s gentle persuasion, Martin went on to study “International Wine Management” at the University of Austria. He’s gone on to seek a Master’s Degree from the same program. When Martin returned from Italy, he and Anna moved in together. They united their love, and their passion for wine under one roof. They started the “Arndorfer” label, with M & A on the label, which of course stands for Martin and Anna.
Vorgeschmack means ‘appetizer’ in German, and is Martin and Anna’s introduction and ‘welcome wine’, to teach and familiarize drinkers to the special terroir of Strass and their vineyards.
The red bottling is 80% Rotburger (known more commonly as Zweigelt) and 20% Pinot Noir. "The two most important varieties in Kamptal blended in this red show more regional character than single varietal. While many value Rotburgers see a heavier hand, Martin’s deft artistry shows at this entry level by not over making the grape and allowing it to seamlessly blend with the lighter Pinot. -Indie Wineries