VINEYARDS

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.

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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.

SINGLE VINEYARDS

RIED HEILIGENSTEIN  ÖTW  Erste Lage, Riesling

Ried Heiligenstein, ÖTW. Erste Lage

The “Zöbinger Perm” is a unique geological structure based on sandstone, silt, arkose and organic sediments. Some parts of the Riesling terraces contain the oldest vineyards of the estate.

RIED GAISBERG  ÖTW  Erste Lage, Riesling

Ried Gaisberg, ÖTW. Erste Lage

The most eastern part of the Gföhler gneiss plate is marked by slaty para-gneiss, amphibolite and mica. Some parts of the Riesling terraces belong to the oldest vineyards of the winery.

RIED LAMM ÖTW  Erste Lage, Grüner Veltliner

Ried Lamm, ÖTW. Erste Lage

The vineyard is south-facing and very well exposed. This helps develop the grapes for a wine that, after maturation in traditional double-foudre casks from local forest of Manhartsberg, result in a wine with power and elegance.

RIED GRUB ÖTW  Erste Lage, Grüner Veltliner

Ried Grub, ÖTW. Erste Lage

Slightly higher and wind protected the site opens to the south. 20.000 years ago – during the last glacier period – mammoth and reindeer hunters used it as a settling place. The soil consists of pure loess as well as remains of bones from the Stone Age period.

RIED RENNER  ÖTW  Erste Lage, Grüner Veltliner

Ried Renner, ÖTW. Erste Lage

The soil structure here is getting deeper and is offering more retention for the wines. Beside loess a high proportion of erosion material from primary rock (brownish para-gneiss, amphibolite and mica) is the basement of this vineyard.

RIED STEINSETZ  Classified Cru, Grüner Veltliner

Ried Steinsetz, Klassifizierte Lage

Depending on the size of the flow smaller or larger pebbles – mostly quartzite – were deposited. The sediments are covered by loess of 10 to 50 cm.

GRAPE VARIETIES

Chart Grape Varieties