First mentioned officially in 1590, although the component site ‘Weintal’ belonging to this vineyard was initially documented in 1340.
Its advantages are noted in the old records: in general a relatively good and warm site on the lower slope, but still with 14–22° gradient. So it is not surprising that just a few years ago a bird called the bee-eater (Meerops apiaster) became a new resident of our living and lively landscape, protected under the guidelines of the EC Habitats Directive’s act Natura 2000.
That’s the essential info. Our Riesling is quite content here, growing on the uppermost, barren terraces just beneath Ried Hochäcker.
Down lower, thanks to the well-sheltered setting and the many old vines, the vineyard is ideally suited for ageworthy marquee-quality Veltliner. The oldest of these vines have now reached their 55th year in the best of health, and thus provide the most valuable basis for vinifying top-drawer Veltliners, wines indeed worthy of being called ‘Alte Reben’.
In addition, Traminer feels right at home, in the best parcels yielding Prädikatswein all the way up to prize-winning Trockenbeerenauslese.
Area: 7.7 ha
Varieties: Grüner Veltliner, Riesling, Traminer, Cabernet Sauvignon
Exposition: south to southeast
iron-rich paragneiss, interspersed with mica schist in the upper terraces, partially sandy loess at the base of the slope.