Our story begins in 1856.
Josef und Anna I. Hiedler
For a long time our family ran a tannery in the center of Langenlois. The foundation of the winery is based on a lucky coincidence, more than 160 years ago. When the then young entrepreneur and leather tanner Josef Hiedler married his wife Anna, she brought along with her a few vineyards for the family. Josef soon discovered his passion for the winemaker's craft and thus founded the estate in 1856 together with his wife. They cultivated their first vines in the traditional vineyard sites Thal and Spiegel and started to make wine on a small scale.
Ludwig I. and Anna II. Hiedler
The winery experienced further investments throughout the reign of the second generation. While initially still active in the leather trade and the tannery, Ludwig I., one of five children, saw himself as winemaker. He extended the vineyard area with additional parcels of the great sites of Kamptal. With his wife, also Anna, he bought the historic cellar and Heurigen (wine tavern) at the southern slopes of Langenlois, where we still work today. 50 years after its founding, in 1906, the winery was first honored by the Archduchy of Lower Austria. The name Hiedler became well known and a guarantor of good wines. Thus Ludwig started bottling his wines and was one of the first winemakers in Langenlois to do so.
Dr. Bruno and Hildegard Hiedler
Dr. Bruno Hiedler was a practicing doctor and continued the tradition very successfully in third generation. Together with his wife Hildegard, he modernized the winery and enlarged the vineyard area to around 8 hectares. At this time, Hiedler wines had already made their way beyond Austria's borders. Following the pioneers spirit of his father, he became the first vintner to plant the variety Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) in the Danube region in 1955. At a time when small, low-yielding grapes were anything but 'en vogue'. He laid the foundation for the great Burgundian varietals, with whom his son Ludwig made a name for himself early on.
Ludwig II. and María de los Ángeles Hiedler
In 1980 Ludwig Hiedler took over the estate in fourth generation and dedicated his life to winemaking. His efforts set the course for the future of the winery. Together with his Barcelona born wife María Ángeles, with farsighted development to the cellar and vineyard and the introduction of the owl to the label, they established the estate as a leading operation in Austria. Their wines attracted attention from around the globe. In 1992, following their strict ideal of origin, they founded the renowned association "Österreichsiche Traditionsweingüter" (Traditional Austrian Wine Estates), together with six other wineries. An association that is now regarded as the great pioneer of the Austrian vineyard classification.
The fifth generation.
Following the long family tradition, a successor has also been found in the fifth generation, leading the legacy into a new chapter. Two brothers Ludwig Jr. and Dietmar have made good use of the new opportunities of their winemaking generation and explored the world. They have returned home with new ideas, valuable experiences and great enthusiasm. Slowly the responsibility flows into the hands of the brothers who are further developing the estate with their vison.
None of our wines are made single-handedly. Each bottle is produced in a joint effort. We have gathered a strong team around us, many helping hands that all play an important role; outside where we look after our vineyards and vines, and in the wine cellar where we take care of the maturing wines. Basically in all operational areas where we rely on mutual support.