There is much to tell.
About our hometown Langenlois, historical center of the Kamptal Valley. About the history of our 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. We live with the awareness, that a wine's character grows in the vineyard. The soils and microclimates act as an unwavering backbone and lend authenticity and natural verve.
Soil and vine.
Nature is something wonderous. One has the feeling to sense its energy in a wine. Anyone who works with nature is therefore always concerned with the question of the ideal management method. This is why we farm our land according to the principles of regenerative viticulture. This means that we tend our vines solely by hand. For decades, we have abstained from the use of herbicides and insecticides, which has become evident in the vitality of our vines. In order to promote an active soil-biology, we strategically work organic compost into the topsoil and try to use as little copper as possible in pest managment. A green and colorful flowering cover-vegetation with wild herbs is growing between the rows throughout the entire year. It invigorates the earth, stimulates rooting and creates a diverse habitat for a plethora of beneficial organisms. It is a place were healthy and valuable grapes can thrive.
Space for character.
Each grape is a microcosm of time and origin. It is this pure and unmistakable expression, that is essential for us to hold on to in the cellar. Through patience and minimal interference, an experience of generations, we give each wine maximum space to develop its individually shaped character. It is who it wants to be.
Artisanality is the center of our work. It allows for a mindful accompaniment along every step of the natural metamorphosis of wine. We harvest and carefully select each grape by hand, as it has always been done. In the cellar the berries are left to soak in their juice for several hours to extract the fine aroma from the skins. They are then pressed off gently, with the lowest possible pressure. Wild & cultured yeast from our Kamptal vineyards starts the fermentation process. Everything finds its own pace. We are mindful, observe and taste. Each wine is given extended lees contact, promoting its texture and persistence. A spontaneous malolactic fermentation is never blocked but allowed to occur naturally. All of this gives them a unique dimension of texture and depth.
Wine is time.
You can feel a kind of deceleration in our centuries old natural wine cellar. It's 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 get more time. 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 values are still valid. They have been shaping our craft for generations and thus make the owl the unmistakable symbol of our wines. Two of them, carved in stone, have been guarding the entrance to the historic cellar for nearly 100 years. One is perched on books, the other one on grapes. Together the two owls embody the ancient relationship between science, experience, culture and nature, united in wine. We see 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. It symbolizes our wines' calm energy and stands for a decelerated way of life.