The north-westerly edge of the winegrowing region of the Kremstal valley is surely one of the cooler winegrowing areas of Austria. A peculiarity that – we believe – is optimal for best quality.
Thanks to weathered primary rock soils predominant in this region our premium wines develop a wide range of characteristic terroir tones that are unique in themselves and therefore identifiable. Each Veltliner or Riesling can be seen as singular piece made by hand for its quality, individuality and style.
- Hochäcker (Erste Lage / First Growth)
- Pellingen (Erste Lage / First Growth)
- Senftenberger Piri
Hochäcker vineyard is situated above the steep vineyards of Senftenberg. Here, a thick layer of humus rests on a bedrock of mica schist. This is ideal for Riesling wines which boast a very distinct and dark mineral characteristic and a lot of substance for a long life.
Sea level: 305m – 375m
This vineyard located in the village of Rehberg boast a peculiarity: A thick layer of loess soil of about one to one and a half metres in diameter mounts on a base of amphibolite, thus uniting the richness of loess with the cool mineral characteristics of the underground. Our Grüner Veltliner vines planted here greatly profit from the complexity of this very special mix.
Pellingen is a very steep terraced vineyard in the village of Senftenberg where vines between 35 and 45 years of age are planted on top of a bedrock of mica schist. This makes it an Erste Lage / First Growth according to the Österreichische Traditionsweingüter / Association of Traditional Austrian Wineries . Grapes harvested here are of the highest quality and are used for each vintage of our best Veltliners and Rieslings called “Privat”.
Sea level: 250m – 315m
Orientation: S – SW
An amphibolite cone in the shape of a “geological eye“ comes up to the very surface of this vineyard in the village of Rehberg. The Riesling vines planted here show markedly cooler aromas and more crystalline freshness than those in the other vineyards of this valley. We strive to accentuate this speciality and want to demonstrate what terroir means and how it tastes.
“Senftenberger Piri“ stands for three south-facing mica schist vineyards that are almost identical: same gradient, nearly identical soils and a common microclimate. This is why we consider them as one. We bottle our Veltliners and Rieslings grown here as upper Kabinett wines.
Facing south-east this vineyard is located right below the historical church of Senftenberg. It rests on a bedrock of mica schist and is sheltered from the wind. A great combination hardly found anywhere else that lends beautiful mineral flavours and spice to all Grüner Veltliner wines grown in this vineyard.