This is one of the most famed Riesling vineyards in Austria, whos authentic wines enjoy international attention.learn more
The hillside vineyard was first mentioned in 1280 as Hellenstein, or Hell Stone, maybe because it was a mountain on which the sun "burns like hell". It was later renamed Heiligenstein, or Stone of Saints. It sits on a south/south-west facing terraced hillside, which has an average gradient of 25% and is amongst the steepest in the valley.
The Heiligenstein is a unique geological formation – a geological island – within Europe, dating to the Permian period some 250 to 270 million years ago. The soil, consisting of sandstone, brittle sedimentary rock and conglomerate were exposed to desert climate and volcanic activity. The outcropping bedrock consists of reddish-brown, sandstone with a high feldspar content, coarse conglomerates, and minor siltstone. Residues of fossilized plants and boulders of volcanic quartz porphyries can be found; hundreds of elements which the vines absorb in different micro-doses.
Vine age: 30-50 years
The complex and multifaceted nature of the soil structure is also reflected in the Rieslings that we harvest on this land: Ripe citrus and tropical fruits, combined with a mineral character and a unique Riesling spice.learn more