Roman Horvath MW | Winery Director
Concentrated Grüner Veltliners from Kellerberg are his favourite wines, but Roman also appreciates elegant white Burgundies. Before making his home in the Wachau, he worked in wine trade as well as wineries in Chile and France. He was the second Austrian to successfully complete the prestigious Master of Wine education at the Institute of Masters of Wine in London. Roman joined the Domäne Wachau as Winery Director in 2004 where he has been responsible for the successful quality-oriented restructuring and strategic positioning of the winery. He also keeps very busy in his private life as a family father who is quite proud of a daughter and twin boys all in primary-school age.
Heinz Frischengruber | Oenologist & Winemaker
After years of apprenticeship in the international wine world, Heinz Frischengruber returned to his origins in the Wachau. He is a graduate of the Viniculture College Klosterneuburg, studied international wine marketing at the college in Eisenstadt and oenology at the reputed University of Geisenheim. Heinz’ key contributions to the success of Domäne Wachau are the successful development of a quality improvement programme in the vineyards as well as a focus on preserving the unique terroir character of the wines. Heinz was awarded as the Vintner Newcomer of the Year in 2007 and is also the managing director of the Austrian Oenology and Wine Research. He adores tasting the wines of the world directly in their own terroir.
Martina Pöll | Marketing
Martina is native to the Waldviertel district of Austria. After her education in culinary arts and restaurant management, Martina took a position at St. Christoph in the Arlberg Hospiz-Alm. It was there, at the age of 19, that Martina’s passion was sparked by a bottle of Château Pétrus 1966. This passion led her to professional ventures in Switzerland, Salzburg, and Burgundy. She completed her WSET Diploma at the Austrian Wine Academy in 2001. In 2004 she became director of the Hotel Rathaus Wein & Design in Vienna and for three years, she has been wine tourism developer in the Weinviertel region. She took responsibility for marketing at Domäne Wachau in 2012.
Katja Pflogsch | Export
Wine expertise is valued on our team and Katja has collected a lot of this. Her most recent experience was collected at an Austrian wine merchant after various interesting positions in the international wine world. Following her tourism management studies in Holland, she travelled to South Africa where she completed her Diploma of Wine & Spirits at the Cape Wine Academy. Once back on her home turf in Germany, Katja continued her path in the wine world at a PR-agency. She is currently continuing her education in WSET program at the Austrian Wine Academy in Rust. Katja adores full-bodied Chardonnays and mature Rieslings from the Wachau. She is responsible for exports at the Domäne Wachau.
Jeroen Erens | Winery representative international
Jeroen brings international flair to Domäne Wachau. He grew up in Limberg in the Netherlands and he discovered the world of wine while studying hotel management. With his WSET Diploma in his pocket, he worked in wine sales and export, operated his own wine shop, and always kept his eyes open for wine specialty niches. This is how he developed a deep passion for English sparkling wines and the bubblies from Franciacorta are also high on his list. Anyone who wants to share a bottle of Wachau Grüner Veltliner is certainly welcome to knock on his door anytime. Jeroen joined the export team at Domäne Wachau in March 2016.
Lukas Weitschacher | Export - Germany & Switzerland
Lukas discovered his passion for wine after graduating from the tourism school in Retz when he began working at fine dining restaurants in Austria and had the chance to systematically taste his way though their wine lists. Things really got exciting at Hotel Berghof in Lech am Arlberg where he was able to deepen his international wine knowledge step by step with the great growths of the world. Delicately woven, elegant Pinot Noir are among is personal preferences just as are Rieslings from Wachau, Alsace, and Mosel. He completed his Sommelier Diploma in 2015 and joined the Domäne Wachau team in spring of 2016.
Dominik Schäller | Vinothek Shop
Dominik’s path to becoming our wine shop manager began at the Tourism School Klessheim where he also completed the Junior Sommelier course. He then spent five winter seasons at the award-winning Trofana Royal in Ischgl where while working intensely with a wine cellar of 700 positions, he had enough time to sip his way through Margaux, Cheval Blanc and the great wines of Italy. These wines continue to be his preference; even two summers in Spain couldn’t change that. He passed the Sommelier Diploma exams in 2012. Dominik’s fascination for Grüner Veltliner and Riesling from the steep slopes of the Wachau finally led the native Waldviertler back to Lower Austria. He began working at Domäne Wachau in 2015 and now has his next goal in sight: the WSET Diploma at the Austrian Wine Academy.
Silvia Lechner | Events
Silvia Lechner loves living in the mountains. She grew up in the Bucklige Welt, the “Land of 1000 Hills” in Lower Austria and became interested in wine while attending the College of Tourism on the Semmering Pass. After graduation, she worked for three seasons at Hotel Rasmushof in Kitzbühel, where her enthusiasm for wine continued to grow at the base of the Hahnenkamm slope. This inspired her to spend her time between seasons to work at Domäne Wachau for the first time in 2014. Because she enjoyed her time with us and we also have plenty of steep slopes in the Wachau, she returned to work in our wine shop and at events in our Cellar Palace. As of autumn 2016, Silvia is now our event manager.
Raphael Buttinger | Winery representative Western Austria
Raphael grew up immersed in the hospitality trade at his parents’ restaurant in Upper Austria’s beer country. The world of wine championed his heart while working at the prestigious gourmet restaurant Paznauner Stuben in the Tyrolean Alps. During his five seasons there with a cellar of 25,000 bottles of fine wine at his fingertips, he quickly intensified his wine knowledge. Achievement of the Sommelier Diploma and further courses at the Austrian Wine Academy in Rust sealed his entrance into the wine world. Raphael has now settled in the Wachau where he is adding top Grüner Veltliners to his collection of international wines. And to make sure that he won’t miss his origins, Raphael is our man for sales in western Austria since 2013.
Christina Hirsch | Winery representative Eastern Austria
Christina’s initial experience with wine was gained while attending the secondary school for economic professions in Haag. She furthered her wine knowledge at the college of tourism in Semmering. The spark had become a flame and after an employment at a Viennese hotel, she registered for the wine management course at the wine cultivation college in Krems. After graduation, Christina gained experience at Manincor in South Tyrol (Alto Adige, Italy) and it was this winery’s Sauvignon Blanc that ignited her passion for the variety. Her second great passion is Grüner Veltliner, in particular Grüner Veltliner from the Wachau. Christina is now active as sommelière for Domäne Wachau in eastern Austria.
Florian Ortner | Winery representative Eastern Austria
Florian Ortner is a culinary arts expert. He’s been an F&B manager and executive chef, and more recently, he operated the Restaurant Markgraf in Klosterneuburg. It was a superb bottle of Hermitage La Chapelle from Jaboulet that initially stirred his great passion for wine. Once captivated, his enthusiasm motivated him to attend the Austrian Wine Academy in Rust where he graduated with the WSET Diploma. Along his way, Florian has gained professional experience in South Africa, Porto, Ticino, and in Catalonia. Wine continues to fascinate him, in particular Riesling and the great reds and whites of Burgundy. Well-travelled and highly experienced, he takes care of our customers in eastern Austria since February 2017.