Ilse Mazza took over her parent’s vineyard in 1982, and in no time at all managed to join the ranks of the best Weissenkirchen winemakers. Her success is based on her ambition to interpret her different terraces in a precise and nuanced manner. She vinifies her terraces (which include the Achleiten, the Weitenberg, the Vorderseiber and a few others) separately. On just three hectares, a range of wines emerges which is representative for the entire Wachau region: Mazza’s ensemble is dominated by dark and spicy Veltliner, cool and mineral Riesling and subtle and fine Muscatel. In addition, she produces a succulent Zweigelt/Rösler Cuvée, a Rosé that is famous far beyond the village boundaries and also the Federspiel ‘Christine’, which is a tribute to her daughter, who is gradually joining into her mother’s enterprise. Together they run the Heurigen, which is open three times a year, and has acquired cult-status among insiders. On the one hand this is the case because it is possible to drink one’s way through a highly impressive range of wines; on the other, it is owing to the fact that Ilse is preparing all the food herself (she even smokes and pickles her own produce). The final reason for the popularity of her Heurigen is that there are hardly any more beautiful and friendly places to be found in the region than Ilse’s garden and dining room.