Paul joined the family winery in 1991 after globe-trotting wine making, including California. Within four years, he was awarded Falstaff Winemaker of the Year. Achs now owns 21 hectares and rents 2 hectares- scattered in 40 sites around Gols. Along with Gernot Heinrich, Paul was one of the founding members of the Pannobile Association which is devoted to promoting the best wines from Gols; always made from Zweigelt and Blaufrankisch. Paul embraces the potential of the best cru in Gols to make Blaufrankisch, and in the 2003 vintage introduces a masterful trio of single vineyard Blaufrankisch: Altenberg, Spiegel and Ungerberg. Paul Achs produces wines that are simply impossible to resist- and are quickly defining the benchmark for the region.
Lust & Leben is an approachable and easy drinking red blend of 50% Zweigelt, 30% St. Laurent, 20% Blaufrankisch. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks and is aged for 18 months in a combination of used Burgundian piece and large French and Austrian oak casks.