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Leo Hillinger is a jack of all trades. Even his critics were impressed by the way he had a new building erected in the middle of the vineyards at Lake Neusiedl against all odds. The fans anyway: In the tasting room with a view over the vastness of the landscape, the TV report of the opening flickers continuously, star guest Roberto Blanco gives interviews in an endless loop. But already the huge cellar hall no longer meets the requirements. "It is already too small," sighs winemaker and hobby dressman Hillinger, and announces, one year after the inauguration, the first expansion.

Hillinger Winery - a defiant castle made of glass and concrete

Not all new Austrian winery buildings and expansions have turned out as spectacular as Hillinger's defiant concrete and glass castle. But among the dozens of projects that have been built over the past ten years in Lower Austria, Styria, and especially in Burgenland, there are many architecturally significant gems. Not necessarily the ostentatious exterior façade of the red wine project Arachon in central Burgenland. But the black box of the Fred Loimer winery in Langenlois already enjoys classic fame: an unheard-of provocation for all those who until then had only understood a wine cellar to mean a brick vault.

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