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Since 1856 we have been making wine in Langenlois, the historic center of the Kamptal valley. Right here, where million year old primary rock and alpine loess meet. Where the cool microclimate offers excellent conditions for our vines. With great sensitivity we aim to capture the unique characters of our vineyards. In the wine cellar we only need an accompanying hand. For generations the owl has stood for our craft, as much as for our philosophy. We live through wine and it lives through us.
Being aware of origin.
Wine shows personality. It openly expresses its 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 the wines unwavering backbone and lends it authenticity.
Working close to nature.
Our historic and cultural landscape and our vineyards are gifts that require our care. We live from them. To preserve a natural balance, we use our land with caution. Sustainable. That means tending the vines by hand, using organic compost to fertilize the soils, limited use of copper as well as strict abstinence of herbicides and pesticides. Colorful flowering, green vegetation and wild herbs form habitats for benifical organisms and ensure vital soils and healthy vineyards. It's about constant observation and making the right decisions. This makes wine valuable.
Room for character.
Each grape is a microcosm of time and origin. Values which we want to eternalize in wine; through minimal interference in the cellar. Thus, we give each wine maximum room for the development of its individually shaped character. The wine itself decides who it wants to be. It is not created in our minds but rather formed emotionally. This is how it comes to live.
Accompanying the wine.
Our work centers on a traditional and artisanal approach. A conscious accompaniment along the natural metamorphosis of wine. We take ourselves back. At the end of the day it's about our land and our grapes. We pick 100% by hand. The gently pressed musts ferment slow and temperature-controlled. Wild & cultivated local yeast is used. Extended lees contact promotes harmony, structure and concentration of the wines. Malolactic fermentation is seldomly blocked but allowed to occur naturally. All of this gives our wines a unique dimension of texture and depth.
Good wine has time.
The clock ticks differntly in the wine cellar. Time and tranquility give our wines the freedom to develop. In stainless steel tanks, in traditional large wooden casks of acacia or in small oak barrels. In our historic cellar, deeply embedded in the loess, they mature and spend 4 to 36 months on the lees before being bottled and enjoyed. Sometimes even longer. Several years. Like our Familienreserve, a wine which seamlessly follows a tradition that already our ancestors maintained. To this day, time has remained a central element of our wine philosophy.
Two old stone carved owls rest in front of the entrance to the historic cellar. One is sitting on books. The other one on grapes. They are the unmistakable symbol of our traditional estate. Already in ancient times, the owl was considered a sign of wisdom, tranquility and permanence. All these attributes are still valid and have shaped our wine ideology up to this day.
The two owls embody the connection of science, experience, culture and nature, united in wine. We see ourselves as a link. We respect and care for what grows in our vineyards. We use our knowledge and experience to show 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 lifestyle and quality of life.