Burgenland, Austria

The word Kolfok has its origins in a regional dialect and describes a person, critical of common thoughts - an unconventional thinker. Winemaker and 'Kolfok in-chief' Stefan Wellanschitz was born into winemaking at the family’s estate in Neckenmarkt, a winery that dates back to the early nineteenth century, to a time when this part of Burgenland was still Hungarian and not Austrian. In 2013, while still working at the family’s estate, Stefan decided to launch his own wines, wines that are a clear deviation from the family’s more traditional style, towards natural winemaking and a purist low-tech approach that would highlight soils and micro-climate, terroir.

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Says Stefan: “I want to show those exceptional conditions in my wines. That’s why I work natural both in the vineyards and in the cellar.
To prevent mono culture the vines are growing organically together with other herbs and plants. In the cellar it’s very easy - the wine are pressed without the use of pumps into local oak barrels which can be from 600 liters (Halbstueck) to 1200 liters (Stueck), this is where the wine stays without filtering, moving or even sulphuring. At the optimum time they are bottled unfiltered with a minimal addition of sulphur.”

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