Wine cellar at the Burg Vital Resort

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Wine cellar

There are over 2000 special wines just waiting to be discovered.

All the major varieties are gathered here, maturing towards their zenith: the great burgundies with their nuances of subtlety and fruitiness, the bordeaux with their majestic elegance and strength persisting even after many years.

Absolute rarities

There are some unique treasures here - Guigal's single estate wines from the northern Rhine are amongst the chef's favourites! Of course we have award-winning wines from Italy, Spain, Austria and overseas which are sure to provide a few surprises at a tasting!

Awards

VINEUS Wine Culture Award

The VINEUS Wine Culture Awards took place for the fourth time. Trough expert’s decisions, online-election and SMS-Voting’s: The Burg Vital Resort in Oberlech got awarded as the most popular wine hotel 2013.

BEST OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

American magazine "Wine Spectator" awarded our wine list with the "BEST OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE 2009" for the first time. Therefore our wine cellar at the Burg Vital Resort counts as one of the best sorted in the world.

We are very proud to announce that we are also one of the winners of this years "Wine Spectator" "BEST OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE 2015" award.

Big wines,
small beginnings...

Sometimes, not knowing everything can definitely have its advantages. And occasionally it may even be a stroke of luck. Had Mister Lucian and his brother in law known, that they would drive 500 km on a slippery road in wintery conditions with summer tyres – well…what would they have done? Mr Lucian can tell us now: ‘Probably nothing’, he laughs, ‘we would have seen it through anyway. I’m sure of it.’. And all those who know the passionate wine lover will know that that’s true. But still: We’re glad the car did not break down. ‘We were on our first wine-tour, if you will. Although it was more of a mission: finding the best wines in Burgenland (a region in Austria’s south-east). For our wine cellar, which we were in the process of building up from scratch.’ And for this reason, the two set out to see the Burgenland’s best winemakers. ‘It was really difficult for us decide what to bring with us because there were so many treasures. And heavy, too; there were only few centimetres between the bus and the asphalt’. But, the thing with treasures is this: One wants to recover them – and they simply have to be on board. Curvy, slippery, wintery mountain roads notwithstanding. One would think one precondition for such a mission would be winter tyres. ‘Well, yes, one would think so. When my brother in law finally arrived in Oberlech after the long journey I was overjoyed.

I ran up to the car, greeted him and then I saw the tyres. I was – or actually both of us were – shocked! The winter tyres should’ve been mounted already! Unfortunately, that was not the case. And had my brother in law known, he would never have set out to bring the wonderful wines home in this car.’

‘ONLY NATURE IS EVER PERFECT’

Today, decades later, the house’s own Burg Vital Resort wine cellar is a home. For 2,000 different vintages, for international delights, for exquisite jewels and great indulgences. But also for a story of a development that is typical for the Lucian family – it’s about starting ‘small’. ‘Back then I had hardly any “professional” knowledge about wine. I hardly knew anything. What I did know, however: That the taste, the vines and their cultivation were just fascinating. And that wine connects people. A good glass of wine – that’s something you enjoy in a beautiful moment, on a special day, on a special occasion, during great talks. Wine is appreciation, it’s passion for nature, it’s art and enjoyment’. The sommelier clearly speaks from the bottom of his soul. And his knowledge about wine has increased over the years – to become almost perfect. Although Mr. Lucian does not appreciate the word ‘perfect’ very much. ‘Only nature is perfect, not us. Great winemakers know that. I had the pleasure of getting to know many of them over the years, friendships formed, relationships grew. I was fortunate enough to get a chance to learn everything from scratch – where the wine actually grows. From the people that take care of it and make it into a wonderful product. Using their hands and their hearts. Our suppliers are amazing winemakers, they are partners we know and value. And that (hopefully) goes both ways. And with some of them I will never forget that they received us with great wines, warm and instructive talks, and open arms when we were only just getting started’.

Trust & wine – a natural symbiosis? Definitely – according to Mr. Lucian. ‘The guests express their trust when they listen to what the sommelier has to say. We thus get to take part in their evening. That’s responsibility and trust’. A good wine – a life-changing decision? ‘No, I would not go that far’, the father of five laughs, ‘but it can have a decisive effect in special moments. And it touches people and their souls’.

WINE & GUESTS: GROWING TOGETHER

Speaking of special: So is Mr. Lucian’s willingness to sometimes go the extra mile for his guests when it comes to fulfilling their wine-wishes. ‘For the occasion of one lady’s birthday the guests wanted a very special Pinot Blanc vintage, a true rarity. But the wine wasn’t available anywhere. After phoning around for three months, contacting people, hoping and building rapport, we finally did it: Three bottles were on the way to us. After an incredible three months’. And of course, the passionate golfer knows it was worth the effort. His personal wine ‘green’ is the idyllic, rustic and cool wine cellar of Burg Vital Resort with its wonderful patina. And his glowing, sleeping red and white ‘giants’ from Spain, France, Italy, Austria and many other countries. ‘Yes, the cellar has grown quite a bit over the years’, the member of Club della Sommelier is visibly proud. ‘Just like the clientele, our guests who we bought the wines for. So, we have created this treasure together’.