Hand in Hand
The foundation stone for today’s winery was laid on the farm of Walter’s grandparents Hilda and Josef Ruckenstuhl, where they maintained a small vineyard solely to meet their own needs. Today, the second generation of vintners lends a helping hand whenever the third generation, which is now in charge, needs a little extra support.
Since Walter took over responsibility for his parent’s wine cellar in 2002 (at age 21), this segment of their mixed farming business has developed into one of the best wineries in Styria.
GOALS & VALUES: Every year and without compromise, produce wines of distinctive origin that bring great joy to customers.
After switching careers (a registered nurse in addition to mother of their two sons, Felix and Fabian), Petra supports her husband Walter in various areas of the business, including wine tastings and clerical duties. Through their partnership and her involvement with the business, her love for wine has grown over the years; also reflected in her training as a sommelière.
GOALS & VALUES: Joy in everything she does, family through and through, independence and autonomy.
Emmi is the initial point of contact for winery-direct sales and has eagerly served customers for many years. Her cheerful attitude and experience are much appreciated.
GOALS & VALUES: Health & cheerfulness, good family climate, assist the family with their work at the winery.
WILLI FRAUWALLNER Sr.
Willi is an oasis of calm within the family, lending a hand where he’s needed and always open to implementing new ideas in the vineyards, cellars and sales rooms.
GOALS & VALUES: Quality of life, »composure in all situations«.
WILLI FRAUWALLNER Jr.
Walter’s older brother runs Restaurant Willis in Bad Waltersdorf and occasionally assists the winery with presentations. As a trained sommelier and wine aficionado, he is often on the road on an »oenological mission«.