Terroir – the interaction between soil, rock, microclimate and the experience of generations. Just as wind and sun leave their imprint on the face of every farmer, authentic wine is a mirror of the soil, the rain, the sun and the wind that made it ripen.
As one of the oldest wineries in Austria, Schloss Gobelsburg has some historical vineyard sites around the castle. Every site has its specialties and particularities with different soil and micro-climatic conditions. From the sun-exposed terraces on Zöbinger Heiligenstein and the Gaisberg mountain to the extensive garden facilities around Gobelsburg castle, the vines are subjected to a wide range of conditions. In accordance with their respective potential, the best possible development conditions are established for every grape variety.
At Schloss Gobelsburg, ecological winegrowing is not just simply en vogue at the moment. The monks of the Zwettl Monastery, who had managed the winery themselves until 1995, used organic fertiliser, abstained from employing herbicides, and endeavoured to reduce the use of plant protectants.
In 1996, the Schloss Gobelsburg Winery was accepted as member of the renowned Verein der Österreichischen Traditionsweingüter (Association of Austrian Traditional Wineries). This association was the first in Austria to classify vineyard locations in Kamptal and Kremstal. Some of these – usually locations with a long history – produce wines with great potential year after year and stand out from the other conventional vineyards.
ZÖBINGER HEILIGENSTEIN Erste Lage, Riesling
ZÖBINGER GAISBERG Erste Lage, Riesling
KAMMERNER LAMM Erste Lage, Grüner Veltliner
KAMMERNER GRUB Erste Lage, Grüner Veltliner
KAMMERNER RENNER Erste Lage, Grüner Veltliner
GOBELSBURGER STEINSETZ Klassifizierte Lage, Grüner Veltliner
The most important grape varieties are Grüner Veltliner and Riesling. Over the centuries, these varieties have proven to be the most suitable for the surrounding soil structures. The Riesling feels at home on the meagre and stony terraces of Heiligenstein and Gaisberg mountain, Grüner Veltliner brings its best at Steinsetz, Renner, Grub and Lamm.
Red wine has also enjoyed a very long tradition at Gobelsburg Castle: the abbots of all Cistercian monasteries meet once a year in Burgundy (origin of the religious order). In this way, the monks were continuously in contact with winegrowing in Burgundy.
It is therefore no big surprise that all Cistercian monasteries of Europe practicing viticulture also have Pinot Noir. This is how Pinot Noir found its way to Gobelsburg Castle. The variety is ideal for this region, as the soils are suitable for its cultivation and the climatic conditions are just perfect to develop that elegance and depth in fruit that lovers of this variety are always on the look-out for.