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.
Chalky loess. Clayey loam. Metamorphic and crystalline rocks. We treasure a precious heritage of old vines, deeply rooted in the Kamptal soil. Our wine reflects this very origin. It is shaped by a little piece of land. Influenced by all facets of nature. We live with the awareness that great wines thrive in great vineyards. It's the soils and microclimates that act as their unwavering backbone and lend them authenticity and natural verve.
Nature is life.
Nature is a gift and it's the responsibility of all of us to protect it. We try to preserve its balance by cultivating our land intelligently and with caution. We are tending our vines by hand and our soils mechanically, we only use organic compost to fertilize the soils, we limit the use of copper to a minimum and practice a strict abstinence of herbicides and pesticides since several decades. In our vineyards we sow colorful flowering & green vegetation together with wild herbs. They grow into habitats for a variety of benifical organisms and ensure healthy soils. Observation. Adaptation. Respect. This is how valuable grapes can thrive.
Space for character.
Each grape contains a microcosm of time and origin. It is this chain of natural flukes that we understand as an artistic expression and want to hold on to; through minimal interference in the cellar. Thus, we give each wine space for the development of its individually shaped character. The wine is who it wants to be. Formed by intuition, it comes to life.
Artisanality is the center of our work. It allows for a conscious accompaniment along every step of the natural metamorphosis of wine. We harvest and carefully select our grapes by hand, as it has always been done. In the cellar they are destemmed, crushed and pressed off with the lowest possible pressure. The musts ferment at their own pace, sometimes with regulated temperature. Wild & cultured Kamptal yeast is used. The extended lees contact promotes harmony, structure and finesse. A spontaneous malolactic fermentation is never blocked but allowed to occur naturally. All of this gives our wines a unique dimension of texture and depth.
Wine has time.
You can feel a kind of deceleration in our centuries old natural wine cellar. It's filled with a wonderful scent. The winding cave gives space to stainless-steel tanks, traditional acacia barrels and a few small oak barrels. Here, time and tranquility allow our wines to 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. Sometimes even longer. Several years. Like our Familienreserve, a wine which seamlessly follows a tradition that has already been maintained by our ancestors.
Our world of thought.
It is the unmistakable symbol of our estate. Two stone carved owls have been resting in front of the entrance to the historic cellar for nearly 100 years. One is perched on books. The other one on grapes. The ancients of all cultures considered the owl a sign of wisdom, tranquility and permanence. It revealed the hidden worlds beyond their reach. These values are still valid and have shaped our philosophy and world of thought up to this day. Together the two owls embody the releationship between science, experience, culture and nature, united in wine. We see ourselves as link. We respect and care for what grows in our vineyards while using our knowledge and experience to reveal what is hidden in nature. Artfully. At the same time, the owl is a symbol of our pursuit for longevity, elegance and balance that creates the style of our wines. It symbolizes their calm energy and stands for a positve life.