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 the middle of a historical cultural landscape. Nature and terraced vineyards surround us. Here we are tending our vines, some of them extremely old. They are deeply rooted in the Kamptal soil. Chalcerous 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 springs from the vineyard itself. It is the true source of authenticity and natural verve.
Soil. Vines. Hands.
To this day we carefully tend our vines by hand. Pruning, binding, disbudding, knitting, defoliating, green harvesting, selecting and picking. Every move is well thought out. The experience we accumulated over many decades flows into this individual work. Caring for the vines is not enough, however. Our greatest asset is the soil that nourishes them. That is why a green and colorful flowering cover-vegetation with wild herbs is growing between the rows throughout the entire year. Together with compost we strategically work this cover crop into the topsoil to enrich it with nutrients and to promote an active and positive soil-biology. It makes our vines vigorous and robust. We banned herbicides and insecticides from our gardens decades ago. This is a habitat to a plethora of beneficial organisms and a place were healthy and valuable grapes can thrive.
Space for character.
There is a microcosm of time and place in every grape. We want to make wines that tell this beautiful and authentic story of their origin. Wines like ours don't follow any trends, what we do we've been doing for over a century. We approach every wine with patience and and with the experience we have accumulated over generations. We give each wine space to develop its individually shaped character. It can simply be, how it grew.
Let there be wine.
Tradition and artisanality are the foundation of our wines. Manual work and the attention to details are what makes them unique and personal. By hand-picking the ripe grapes, we already get a good feeling for the emerging wines. In the cellar we slightly crush the berries 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. The yellow-green musts ferment with wild & cultured yeast from our Kamptal vineyards. Everything finds its own pace. We are attentive, observe and taste. Each wine is given extended contact with the lees, 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.
Time to mature.
If we know one thing, it is that wine needs time. In our old natural cellar it can unfold freely. It has been carved out of the loess by hand, is full of living history and filled with a unique scent. The winding cave gives space to stainless-steel tanks, traditional acacia barrels and a few small oak barrels. Here 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 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. A thought that is shaping our work to this day 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.