Pioneering Austrias Vineyard Classification.
We know our vineyards. They inspire us. We are enthusiastic about their peculiarities. There is an age-old wisdom amongst vintners that there are vineyards which, when carefully tended each year, consistently yield exceptional wines. For over 1000 years the knowledge about those special plots of land has been passed on from generation to generation. The vineyard classification is the logical consequence of our centuries old wine-history and our inner urge to explore and research. Together with six renowned wineries of the region we are proud founders of the Association ‘Österreichische Traditionsweingüter’ (Traditional Austrian Wineries), established in 1992, with the purpose of classifying those outstanding vineyard sites of the Danube region. It was Austria’s first vineyard classification project and noticeably changes it’s wine industry. For over 25 years the members, today counting 36 estates, have been working on it. Work in progress...
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The historical Thal vineyard has a special meaning to us. A few parcels have been owned by our family since the beginning of the winery's history. Here, Josef and Anna Hiedler cultivated one their first vineyards in 1856. This gently sloping hillside, in the south of Langenlois, is formed from a powerful rise of loess that is marked throughout by large terraces. The vines grow on a sandy and very chalky loess soil. Characteristic are the underlying red sands and gravels, which pass through the loess cover layer by layer. It is also here, where Ludwig I. planted one of the first Grüner Veltliner vineyards in Kamptal in 1936. The almost 80-year-old vines date back to a time when yield was not the prime concern of wine producers: middle-sized fruit, rather loose-berried, with a very 'down-to-earth' taste. Those values are still important for us when we select our vine material.
|Vine age||15-80 years|
|Overall size||30,9 ha|
Kittmannsberg is one of the highest elevated vineyard sites in the Kamptal, located just west of Langenlois. It is shaped like a wide bowl and opens towards the southeast into the Langenlois basin. It reaches about 345 m above sea level at its highest point, 280 m at its lowest point. The characteristic basin-shaped topographic depression is responsible for its autonomous microclimate and, together with the hight, allows for extended ripening periods. Our vines dig their roots into loess-loam with a high content of clay. It can be very chalky in some places.
|Vine age||30-50 years|
|Overall size||74 ha|
Schenkenbichl is facing Langenlois and is located just north behind the town. The slope is characterized by small and somewhat larger terraces which in our case, are located at the highest point at around 315 m above sea level. Here our Veltliner grows on metamorphic rock, mostly dark amphibolite. The amphibolite bedrock is overlain by a cambisol formed from mica-rich silicates. In some places the rarely-preserved loess can be found, containing many rocks.
The bottom part of the slope is home to the oldest Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) of the Danube area planted by Dr. Bruno Hiedler in 1955. Here we find the geological remains of the old Loisbachtal (Lois-creek valley). The ancient vines root on gravelly, calcareous soil with loess.
|Vine age||20-60 years|
|Overall size||34,2 ha|
The steepest of Kamptals vineyard sites is located north of Langenlois and is called Steinhaus (literally translated to 'Stone House'). The name is most likely derived from the small stone cottages spread along the terraces. The vineyard is formed by the southern rock spoils from the Langenlois ‘Haide’ to the ‘Loisbachtal’ (Lois-creek valley) and characterized by small and often narrow terraces. The bedrock is a dark amphibolite and gneiss, in some places traversed by quartz veins. The dark and rocky soil stores heat during the daytime that is released during the early night hours - a prerequisite of a particularly good location for Riesling.
|Vine age||20-45 years|
|Overall size||24,1 ha|
Gaisberg is amongst the historically most important Riesling vineyards in the Kamptal. The vineyard extends up to 335 m above sea level, occupying a steep slope that runs down towards the Strassertal valley in the east and gently declines towards the southern village of Kammern. The soil is metamorphic and mainly comprised of paragneiss and marble. In some places one can find loess residues, granites and amphibolite. The lower parts of the slope is mainly calcareous Chernozem from loess over gravel and crystalline debris. We are cultivating two terraces on Gaisberg; one situated in the upper third, the other one at the southern foot of the slope.
|Vine age||30 years|
|Overall size||58,8 ha|
|Villages||Strass, Kammern, Zöbing|
The northernmost as “Erste Lage” classified vineyard in Austria lies on a broad north-south spur of the high Waldviertel plateau, sloping down to the southeast towards the village of Zöbing. Kogelberg sits right at the point where the narrow valley situation of the Kamptal opens towards the Langenlois basin and is therefore characterized by a slightly cooler microclimate, mainly caused by cool air coming in from the upper reaches of the Kamp river. It is also marked by substantial temperature variations between day and night. The underlying bedrock consists of crystalline rock and is dominated by bronze-colored mica schist. Dark amphibolite can be found spread over the entire area.
|Vine age||15-50 years|
|Overall size||35 ha|
This is one of the most famed Riesling vineyards in Austria, whose authentic wines enjoy international attention. The hillside vineyard was first mentioned in 1280 as Hellenstein, or Hell Stone, which seems logical as it is a south facing hillside on which the sun "burns like hell". It was later renamed Heiligenstein, or Stone of Saints.
The Heiligenstein is a unique geological formation - a geological island - within Europe. The sediments, referred to as “Perm of Zöbing”, sunk into the deep some 248-290 million years ago. The mighty layers, consisting of sandstone, brittle sedimentary rock and conglomerate, were exposed to desert climates and volcanic activity and pushed back out to the surface. 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 mineralic elements which the vines absorb in different micro-doses.
|Vine age||30-60 years|
|Overall size||26,7 ha|