Best grapes are the result of a series of different components all of which lie in the hands of the winemakers themselves. They need years of experience, be up-to-date when it comes to technical knowledge, have a true passion for their vocation and a natural intuition for the vines, the soils and the climatic requirements of each vineyard. Here is where they can show their full potential.
“It’s actually pretty easy to make a powerful wine with an alcohol content of 14% vol. The tricky part is to produce a wine with only 12% without losing all the beautiful features it has gained in the vineyard like fruitiness, finesse, elegance, density and minerality.” – Martin Nigl
“A winegrower tries to orient himself in complex environs of geology, microclimate and cosmic influences. For this orientation, the sundial and the compass – the main symbols of the Traditionsweingüter´s Logo – are the most traditional tools. The position of the sun and the seasons of the moon as well as the field of tension between day and night play an important role.“
– The Seal of the “Österreichische Traditionsweingüter”
In the cellar winemakers really need to know their craft. They have to have a perfect knowledge of how to handle the grapes. This requires utmost hygiene, care and delicacy. Fresh and aromatic white wines are filled into steel tanks, while our First Growth wines are left sur lie in big wooden barrels for a year before being carefully bottled.