Our project “Life in the Vineyard” is flourishing! Close inspection last week revealed that life is busy and buzzing. We strive to make things comfortable for our vineyard inhabitants and in recent years we seed plenty of flowering plants. We alternately only mow every second row so that there is always abundant blooming nourishment available. By the way, we are now also “Certified Sustainable Austria”. Here is our certificate:[bsk-pdf-manager-pdf id=”477″]
It’s the middle of June 2015 and we have got lot’s of work in the vineyard. The great weather makes the vine grow quickly. Now we put the shoots in the trellis System and weed the weaker shoots, to get an airy wall of leaves.
In the middle of June, our Hundsleiten vineyard appears at its best. The wines bloom and clover and roses join in beautifully. That’s how we really like the view to castle Kreuzenstein on the opposite hill. The Name “Hundsleiten” comes from “hundsn”, which means “work like a dog”. And that’s what we experienced 2014, when we planted some new parcells at Hundsleiten and the rocky soil showed its strength. However, the minerality that this Flysch-sandstone brings to the wine makes up the efforts and we love the peppery, spicy and multilayered taste of the Grüner Veltliner that grows here.
We have the 1st of June 2015 and our Chardonnay will shortly be in flower. The weather is great, the forecasts are perfect, we hope for the best!!!
… but not only there!
To care for our soils and as a meadow for bees and other beneficial organisms, we plant different wild flowers in our vineyards.
Some of our grapes really stay long in our vineyards. When everything is harvested, the Pfaffl-grapes are still at fresh air. The reason for this is that we like specialities. Grüner Veltliner Goldjoch, Grüner Veltliner Hommage and Riesling am Berg. All these are wines that often are harvested in the middle of November. At the end, the wines have a concentration and a character that cannot be achieved differently.
Rossern is a slope facing to the south with sandy soil. The sand normally gets quite hot on the surface and brings extreme ripeness. In this case the vineyard has a thin (only about 15cm) layer of Loess on top. Loess keeps humidity quite well and therefore, we do not have this warming effect here. For this reason, the Chardonnay that we grow here, gets great ripeness, but not the fat overripeness that sometimes makes Chardonnay boring. So, even our heavily-oaked Chardonnay Rossern has a straight, elegant body.
Our terraces Sonnleiten are a real specialty. In the middle of the Weinviertel hillsides they were erected on a steep slope in the village Münichsthal to make extraordinary wines. Only to protect the site from cold Northern winds, a wall was built on top. 1989 we have bought the savaged site and replanted it. Since then, Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon bring outstanding Qualities. The stony, poor soil brings unbelieveable minerality and the protected south-facing site is responsible for extreme ripeness.
…is not only very beautiful, but also has quite something to give to the wine.
Haidviertel lies on Flysch with a thin loess surface. The southwest-facing hill has a few over the Korneuburger Bassin to the danube and catches the fogs of the danube.
Since 2004 we also cultivate vineyards in Vienna. This is not really a big change as we live directly on the border to Vienna and our Viennese vineyards are closer than some of our Weinviertel sites.
However, our Viennese vineyards are a particularly nice challenge. The sites Herrenholz and Praschen are situated on a high plateau on the montain “Bisamberg” and there they are enthroned above our capital city. The limestone soil gives a fine elegance to our wines. We make 3 different wines here:
Our Wien.1 – a crisp, light blend made of our white grapes Grüner Veltliner, Pinot Blanc and Riesling
Wien.2 a red fine fruity blend made of Zweigelt and Pinot Noir and the third wine we make here is a powerful Pinot Noir Reserve.