Winery to Watch 2014

Burgenland, Austria: Judith Beck

At VieVinum this past year, blaufränkisch was getting some major buzz, in part due to the major focus tasting that kicked off the fair. One of the names repeatedly dropped was Judith Beck. Growing up in a family that started making wine in 1976, Judith went on to work at Cos d’Estournel, Braida and Errazuriz. She started helping out at home in 2001, taking over completely with the 2006 vintage. Now 35, Beck farms 33 acres in Gols, all under biodynamic practices, 90 percent of the plantings red: zweigelt, blaufränkisch, st. laurent and pinot noir. In addition to her blaufränkisch, her zweigelt grabbed our attention at W&S, the 2010 a delicious, spicy, juicy red that stands out for the purity of its fruit.