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 treasure a precious heritage of old vines, deeply rooted in the Kamptal soil. Chalcerous loess. Clayey loam. Crystalline rocks. Every wine reflects its very origin. It is shaped by a little piece of land, influenced by all facets of nature. Like our ancestors, we live with the awareness that a wine's character lies in the vineyard itself. It is the true source of authenticity and natural verve.
Soil. Vines. Hands.
We carefully tend our vines by hand. In winter we prune them, in spring we tie their shoots on trellis wires, we adjust the leaf canopy to the weather in summer and in autumn we pick the ripe grapes, the pinnacle of an intense year in the vineyard. But it's not done with the work on our vines alone. The soil is our most important asset. A green and colorful flowering cover-vegetation with wild herbs is growing between the rows throughout the entire year. Togetehr with compost we strategically work this cover crop into the topsoil to enrich it with nutrients and promote an active and positive soil-biology. The complex interplay of roots, mycorrhizae and microorganisms nourishes our vines and makes them vigorous and robust. We banned herbicides and insecticides from our gardens decades ago. We enjoy working in this unique ecosystem. It is a habitat to a plethora of beneficial organisms and a place were healthy and valuable grapes can thrive.
Space for character.
We recognize the microcosm of time and origin that is in every grape. It is this pure and unmistakable taste that we want to express. That is why we approach every wine with the necessary restraint, with patience and and with the experience we have accumulated over generations. We give each wine space to develop its individually shaped character. It simply is, how it grew.
Let there be wine.
Tradition and artisanality are the foundation of our work. The countless handles and the attention to detail are what makes our wines unique and personal. We harvest and carefully select the grapes by hand, as it has always been done. It marks the first step of a metamorphosis, which we have been accompanying for almost two centuries. In the cellar we seperate the berries from the stems, slightly crush them and leave them to soak in their juice for several hours to extract the fine aroma from the skins. We then press them very gently, with the lowest possible pressure. Wild & cultured yeast from our Kamptal vineyards starts the fermentation process. Everything finds its own pace. We are attentive, observe and taste. We always allow old knowledge to flow into our work. Each wine is given extended lees contact, promoting its texture and persistence. Malolactic fermentation is never blocked but allowed to occur naturally (spontaneous). All of this gives our wines a unique dimension of texture and depth.
You feel a kind of deceleration in our old wine cellar. It has been carved out of the loess by hand, is filled with living history and a unique scent. The winding cave gives space to stainless-steel tanks, traditional acacia barrels and a few small oak barrels. Time and tranquility allow our wines to grow and unfold freely. All of them 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 a very long time. For several 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. These thoughts are shaping our work to this day and thus make 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.