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 the wine's character grows in the vineyard. The soils and microclimates act as an unwavering backbone and lend authenticity and natural verve.
Nature is a gift and it's the responsibility of all of us to protect it. We try to preserve its fragile balance by cultivating our land according to the principles of regenerative viticulture, with caution and intelligence. We tend our vines solely by hand and our soils mechanically. Organic compost and other biomass are strategically worked into the topsoil. In order to protect the important soil-dwelling organisms, we minimize the use of copper in pest management. For decades, we have abstained from the use of herbicides and insecticides. In our vineyards, we sow a green and colorful flowering cover-vegetation with wild herbs. This invigorates the earth and creates a healthy habitat for a plethora of beneficial insects and other organisms. Observation. Adaptation. Respect. This is how valuable grapes can thrive.
Space for character.
Each grape is a microcosm of time and origin. It is a chain of random occurences in nature that we understand to be an artistic expression, that is essential for us to hold on to through minimal interference in the cellar. Thus, we give each wine space to develop its individually shaped character. It is who it wants to be. We tend it with intuition.
Artisanality is the center of our work. It allows for a mindful 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 at 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 that seamlessly follows a tradition that has already been maintained by our ancestors.
The ancients of all cultures considered it a sign of wisdom, tranquility and permanence. It revealed the hidden worlds beyond their reach. These values are still valid. They shape our craft, and thus the owl stands as the unmistakable symbol of our estate. Two of them, carved in stone, 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. Together the two owls embody the ancient relationship between science, experience, culture and nature, united in wine. We see ourselves as a link. We respect and care for what grows in our vineyards, while using our craft to unveil the unique worlds hidden in nature. At the same time, the owl is a symbol of our pursuit for longevity, elegance and balance, which characterizes the style of our wines. It symbolizes our wines' calm energy and embodies a positive lifestyle.