There is much to tell.
About our hometown Langenlois, the 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 surrounded by beautiful nature and historical vineyards. This is where we are tending our vines, some of which are extremly old. They are deeply rooted in the Kamptal soil. Each wine is shaped by this unique place. With great respect for this land and our soil, we continue a long tradition here. Like our ancestors, we live with the awareness that the character of the wine originates from the vineyard itself. It is the true source of authenticity and natural verve.
Soils, vines & hands.
We carefully tend to our vines by hand to this day. Pruning, binding, removing unwanted shoots, tucking in, defoliating, green harvesting, selecting, and picking. Each step is well thought out and draws upon the knowledge and experience passed down through generations. However, it's not enough to care for the vines, the soil that nourishes them is our greatest asset. That's why we follow the principles of regenerative agriculture. Throughout the year, we let colorful blooming cover crops and wild herbs grow between the rows. Together with our own compost, we intentionally work this vegetation into the soil to enrich it with nutrients and to promote an active and positive soil biology. This keeps our vines vital and resilient, and results in particularly aromatic grapes. Herbicides, insecticides, and artificial fertilizers were banished from our vineyards decades ago.
This is how we imagine vineyards in which healthy and valuable fruit can thrive.
Space for character.
We don't follow any trends. Wine like ours emerges from a close relation to nature. They should tell their origin. That's why we approach them with patience and the experience we have gathered over generations. We give each wine space to develop its individually shaped character. Every sip reveals the year, the soil, the weather and the grape.
Let there be wine.
Our wines are rooted in tradition and artisanal craftsmanship. The hands-on approach and attention to detail is what makes them 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. Everything finds its 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). If it happens, it happens.
All of this opens up 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.