The quality of wine

The quality of a wine is not only determined by careful processing. It is also a matter of the combination of site, soil and climate as well as the variety grown there. Our wines reflect the centuries-old experience in combining these factors to the optimum extent. We know our sites, and we know what we can demand from each of them. Our six single-vineyard sites in terms of climate are ideally located on altitudes between 360 and 500 meters above sea level.

SÜDSTEIERMARK

The delicateness of the South Styrian landscape and the almost Mediterranean gentleness of the climate make this region one of Austria’s most beautiful places. Small-scale agriculture and century-old tradition have created two culinary specialties for which this area has become famous beyond its borders: pumpkin seed oil and, above all, South Styrian wine, which is highly regarded throughout the world.

Styrian wine derives its particular aromas and flavors from the most diverse soils: In the course of the geological evolution of the region, faults and folds formed the most varied layers of rock: lime marl soils, gravel conglomerates, sandy soils and shell limestone alternate on the smallest surface area.

 

STEEP VINEYARDS AND CHALLENGING SITES

We cultivate very steep, challenging vineyards at optimum altitudes and with perfect exposures, thus contributing to the conservation of a centuries-old cultural landscape. We place special emphasis on organic viticulture close to nature, the sustainable cultivation of our soils, and the longevity of our vines. Since 2013, we have been operating according to the guidelines of organic viticulture. Reduced yields, careful manual working and harvesting exclusively by hand are crucial to us.

 

SINGLE VINYARDS

 

– Eckberg –
A subsoil composed of lime marl with loam on top provides the nutritious soil, sufficiently supplied with water, in which primarily Burgundy varieties thrive. The vineyards are situated at 450 meters above sea level. Their exposure to the east ensures rapid warming in the morning, quick drying of the grapes, and thus good vitality of the fruit.

 

– Gamitz –
Gamitz is the perfect site for Gelber Muskateller, a grape variety difficult to cultivate. The vineyard stretches on a southwest-facing hillside that is climatically protected by two higher mountains. The soil comprises gravel, sand and some loam, interspersed with scattered gravel conglomerate banks. Here, the Muskateller vines have grown since 1963 – the year they were planted – and have since formed orrespondingly deep root systems.

 

– Steinbach –
Different microclimates, slope formations and soils as well as protecting meadow edges and woods are the key elements of this multifaceted and thrilling single-vineyard site. Sand, pebble and gravel conglomerate soils alternate, featuring small portions of loam and lime. From this results the particularity of the site: The soils store little water, thus forcing the vines to root deeply.

 

– Flamberg –
The warm shell limestone soils of the single-vineyard site Flamberg go back to the ancient coral reefs of the primordial ocean. At 500 meters above sea level, Sauvignon Blanc and Morillon are grown in a well-protected, basin-like slope situation.

 

– Welles –
A stony subsoil together with sand and gravel conglomerate constitute the meager soil of the steep mountain ridge at an altitude of 510 meters above sea level, which is exposed to strong winds. It is exactly this challenge along with a favorable, basin-like location that drives the Sauvignon Blanc vines from Welles to peak performance.

 

– Türken –
A slightly calcareous, bound sandy soil matches perfectly with Roter Traminer, which thrives here on a steep western slope at an altitude of 400 meters above sea level.