Wachau Panorama
The People

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 high-school age.

Contact: r.horvath(at)domaene-wachau.at

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.

Contact: h.frischengruber(at)domaene-wachau.at

Jenny Sternberger | Export

While growing up in Finland with nary a vineyard in sight, one thing was still clear to Jenny Sternberger: it must be wine. Simultaneous to her studies in agricultural science in Helsinki, she collected experience in the wine trade. The logical result was a move to Austria to achieve her masters in viticulture, oenology and wine economics. Fascinated by the steep terraced vineyards and enthusiastic about highly mineral Rieslings, she soon found her way to the Wachau. Jenny is a member of our export team since March 2018 and takes care of the needs of our international distribution partners.

Contact: j.sternberger(at)domaene-wachau.at

Lena Funke | Export

From the Pfalz over New Zealand, California and France to the Wachau: Lena Funke collected plenty of international experience on her way to Dürnstein. Her enthusiasm for wine was stirred during her time in Nelson, New Zealand. After her vintner apprenticeship at the Dr. Bürklin-Wolf winery, followed studies in viticulture and oenology at Weincampus Neustadt and a masters degree in international wine marketing at the Fachhochschule Burgenland. She gained practical experience at wineries in Burgundy, California, Pfalz and Alto Adige during her study breaks. Lena adores mature Rieslings and elegant Pinot Noirs and takes care of the export of our wines at Domäne Wachau since May 2018.

Contact: l.funke(at)domaene-wachau.at

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.

Contact: l.weitschacher(at)domaene-wachau.at

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.

Contact: j.erens(at)domaene-wachau.at

Martina Pöll | Marketing & Organization

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. Since 2012 she takes care of marketing and internal organization at Domäne Wachau.

Contact: m.poell(at)domaene-wachau.at

Denise Thiery | Private Customer Service & Marketing

Denise Thiery's curriculum vitae lists cutting edge education and top notch work experience. Having grown up in St. Pölten, she studied media management and dedicated her master's thesis to "The Sensory Analysis of White Wine". She has worked as a freelance editor, marketing assistant, event manager and chef. Since Denise has a great passion for the culinary arts and wine, her leap into wine business was only a short one. Elegant Grüner Veltliner stirs her enthusiasm, just as do Rieslings from the Wachau and the Mosel. Denise Thiery has been looking after our private clients and marketing agendas since autumn 2017.

Contact: d.thiery(at)domaene-wachau.at

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.

Contact: s.lechner(at)domaene-wachau.at

Marlies Zahaurek | Wine Shop

Her love for Nature, plants and in particular for vines and wine led Marlies Zahaurek to the Wachau. Her studies at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna were complemented with Wine Management at the Viticultural School in Krems. After several interesting position in Austria, she deepened her knowledge and skills at a winery in Rheinhessen. Her enthusiasm for wine from steep terraces continues in the Wachau: since 2018, she takes care of our customers in our Vinothek wine shop in Dürnstein.

Contact: m.zahaurek(at)domaene-wachau.at



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.

Contact: r.buttinger(at)domaene-wachau.at

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 2017.

Contact: f.ortner(at)domaene-wachau.at

Thorsten Schmelz | Winery representative Eastern Austria

Thorsten Schmelz is a homegrown child of the Wachau, born with the love of wine flowing in his veins. After his education in the Krems vocational school of hospitality, he collected experience at several top restaurants in Austria, most recently as restaurant manager at the award-winning Palais Hansen Kempinski restaurant in Vienna. As his enthusiasm for wine grew, he completed his sommelier diploma and continues to deepen his knowledge with fine-dining experiences and exciting wine discoveries. Now back in the Wachau, Thorsten takes care of our customers in Eastern Austria. 

Contact:  t.schmelz(at)domaene-wachau.at

Christina Hirsch | Support for our vintner families & Wachau events

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 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 takes care of our 250 vintner families and assists during events taking part in our winery. 

Contact: c.hirsch(at)domaene-wachau.at



Domäne Wachau
3601 Dürnstein 107
Tel:+43-(0)27 11-371
Fax:+43-(0)27 11-371-13

Vinothek Shop Opening Hours:

April - October:
Mo-Sa: 10 AM to 5 PM,
November - March:
Mo-Fr: 10 AM to 5 PM


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