ARACHON = HORITSCHON in the year 1540.
The ARACHON project started up in the early 1990s after long and intensive debate. Tibor Szemes, his friends and fellow winemakers, F.X. Pichler and Manfred Tement, had the dream of creating a premium Austrian red wine in competitive quantities making export and marketing feasible on a world scale.
In 1985, Tibor Szemes became actively associated with the renowned wine-growers cooperative in Horitschon and its former cellarman Josef Pusch. His decision to launch this flagship project together with his partners was an easy one, considering his friendship with Josef Pusch and a deep love of Horitschon.
Within a few months, the first contracts with the “Vereinte Winzer Horitschon” (the cooperative of Horitschon winegrowers and winemakers) had been drawn up. The know-how and experience of the three wine celebrities, Tibor Szemes, F.X.Pichler and Manfred Tement, culminated in the launch of this exceptional wine in 1996.
Quite unintentionally, Tibor Szemes created his own epitaph with ARACHON T.FX.T. This, his wine, stands for international, professional cooperation, coupled with friendship. An exemplary idea!
The vinification of ARACHON T.FX.T. is overseen by the current cellarman Gregor Wolf, on site at the “Vereinte Winzer Horitschon,” their proclaimed goal being to publicise the potential of Austrian red wines at home and abroad. The stylish cellars designed by the architects Wilhelm Holzbauer and Dieter Irresberger are home not only to ARACHON T.FX.T., but also since 2001, to its little brother A´Kira T.FX.T. (Meaning ‘a shout of joy’ in the local vernacular.) This is a red wine dominated by Blaufränkisch; its early drinkability achieved by maturing in barrels used once first for ARACHON T.FX.T.
The star architects Dieter Irresberger and Wilhelm Holzbauer have created a simple, yet impressive building by combining local building materials with expressive design. It is visible from afar with its sandstone facade, nestled among the vineyards of Horitschon. The official opening of the ARACHON cellars was in July 2004. Here, functionality and beauty go hand in hand.