There is much to tell.
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.
Chalky loess. Clayey loam. Metamorphic and crystalline rocks. All of it a geological fluke. Wine openly expresses this 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 a gift that requires our care. We try to preserve its balance by cultivating our land intelligently and with caution. For us it means tending the vines by hand, using only organic compost to fertilize the soils, limiting the use of copper to protect the plants as well as practicing a strict abstinence of herbicides and pesticides. We sow colorful flowering & green vegetation together with wild herbs. They form habitats for benifical organisms and ensure vital soils and healthy vineyards. We observe, adapt and respect. All of it is reflected in our grapes.
Space for character.
Each grape is a microcosm of time and origin. It is these imperishable values which we understand as the artisitc expression that we want to eternalize in wine; through minimal interference in the cellar. Thus, we give each wine maximum space 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 intuitively. This is how it comes to live.
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 to carefully select the fruit. The gently pressed musts ferment slow and sometimes temperature-controlled with wild & cultured local yeast. Extended lees contact promotes harmony, structure and finesse 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.
Wine has time.
The clock ticks slower in the wine cellar. Time and tranquility allow our wines to unfold freely. 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 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 already our ancestors maintained. To this day, time has remained a central element of our wine philosophy.
Our world of thought.
Two stone carved owls rest in front of the entrance to the historic cellar since generations. One is perched on books. The other one on grapes. They are the unmistakable symbol of our estate. 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 wine-philosophy 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 lifestyle.