There is much to tell.
About our hometown Langenlois, historical center of the Kamptal Valley. About the alpine loess & metamorphic rock soils that collide at this very place. About the centuries-old vineyards that have been cultivated for countless generations. And about the mindful craft that characterizes the wines as much as our family, who has been breathing life into them for over 160 years.
Sometimes there is more to a sip than you think.
We live in a historically rich region and are surrounded by bautiful nature and terraced vineyards. This is where we are tending our vines, some of which are extremly old. They are deeply rooted in the Kamptal soil. Calcareous loess. Clayey loam. Crystalline rocks. Every wine is shaped by this unique place. Like our ancestors, we live with the awareness that a wine's character comes from the vineyard. It is the true source of authenticity and natural verve.
Soils, vines & hands.
To this day we carefully tend our vines by hand, from pruning to binding, disbudding, knitting, defoliating, green harvesting, selecting, and picking. Each step is is well thought out and draws upon the knowledge and experience passed down through generations. However, it's not enough to just care for the vines, the soil that nourishes them is our greatest asset. That's why a green and colorful flowering cover-vegetation with wild herbs grows between the rows throughout the entire year. Together with our own compost we strategically work this cover crop into the topsoil to enrich it with nutrients and to promote an active and positive soil-biology, resulting in strong vines. We banned herbicides, insecticides and fertilizers from our vineyards decades ago.
This is how we envision a garden in which healthy and valuable grapes can thrive. (Regenerative Agriculture)
Space for character.
Wines such as ours follow neither fad nor fashion, they emerge from a close relation to nature. We strive to create wines that reflect their origin, this is why we approach them with patience and the experience we have accumulated over generations. We give each wine space to develop its individually shaped character and let it express itself, as it naturally grew.
Let there be wine.
Our wines are rooted in tradition and artisanal craftsmanship. The hands-on approach and attention to detail is what makes our wines truly authentic. When handpicking the ripe grapes, we rely on our intuition and our palate. The fruit is selected directly at the vine. In the cellar we slightly crush the berries, allowing them to soak in their juice for several hours to extract the delicate aroma from the skins. They are then pressed with minimal pressure. The yellow-green musts ferment with natural yeast and find their own pace. We pay close attention, observe, and taste. Each wine is given extended time on the lees to promote structure and persistence. Malolactic fermentation is never blocked but allowed to occur naturally (spontaneous).
All of this opens a unique dimension of texture and depth.
Time to mature.
We know one thing for sure, good wine takes time. In our cellar it can evolve and come into its own. The winding cave has been carved out of the loess by hand two centuries ago, it is full of history and filled with a unique scent. Here we find stainless-steel tanks, traditional acacia barrels and a few small oak barrels. Our wines age on the lees for several months before we bottle them, taking advantage of the beneficial properties of high atmospheric pressure and the waxing moon. Some wines will rest here for years, like our Familienreserve, a wine that seamlessly follows a tradition that has already been maintained by our ancestors.
The ancients of all cultures considered it a sign of wisdom, tranquility and permanence. It revealed the hidden worlds beyond their reach. A notion that we continue to follow in our work, and thus, makes the owl the unmistakable symbol of our wines.
Two owls, carved in stone, have been guarding the entrance to the winery for nearly 100 years. One is perched on books, the other one on grapes. Together they embody the ancient relationship between science, experience, culture and nature, united in wine. We understand ourselves as a link. We respect and care for what grows in our vineyards, while using our craft to unveil the unique worlds hidden in nature. At the same time, the owl is a symbol of our pursuit for longevity, elegance and balance, which characterizes the style of our wines.