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Steiermark / Styria, Austria

Growing up in the winemaking family of a winery that dates to 1770, one might assume Katharina Tinnacher was destined to become a winemaker. However, both she and her sister pursued different professional paths – the sister becoming an architect, and Katharina a graduate engineer in plant science.

But as Katharina has said, wine runs in her blood, and “When you grow up in a winery, sooner or later you will be dragged in.”

That day came in 2013 when Katharina returned to Steiermark, the “Green Heart of Austria”, to take charge of her family winery Weingut LacknerTinnacher. Though honoring the family credo to ignore fashion and instead create wines that were “clear, elegant, and timeless”, she also put her own modern mark on the direction of the house by converting the vineyards to organic cultivation and directing the wines towards single-vineyard, terroir-driven bottlings. All grapes on the property are selected and harvested by hand, the grapes are fermented only with native yeasts, and extended lees contact during aging results in natural, terroir-driven wines with incredible depth and elegance.

The only female member of the ten prestigious STK winemakers of Styria, her wines stand alone for not only their elegance but also the attention to art and design that permeates the every aspect of LacknerTinnacher’s experience, from the tasting room, to typography and brand identity, and even to the label art, which inventively presents the wines according to the stages of the butterfly’s metamorphosis from larva to pupa to adult.

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