Our vines grow, thrive, and ripen on 26 ha of the soft hills of the “Arbesthaler Hügelland”. Though the nearby River Danube contribute to the regions uniqueness , it is primarily the warm pannonian lowland around the Lake Neusiedl that forms the climate of our region. Powerful warm air streams from the east result in highly ripened grapes, while the balancing and cool nightly winds from the North prevent an overwhelming fruity or jammy flavor. The unique combination of these two counteracting forces produces perfect and harmonious conditions for our grapes allowing them to mature into strong wines just as the hills intended.
Our top priority here is the natural management and thus the complete abandonment of herbicides and pesticides in our vineyards.
variety: Zweigelt, Grüner Veltliner, Chardonnay
size: 1,22 ha
With its deep, rich loess soil with surface gravel deposits, our „house vineyard“ is lovingly tended by Granny Augustine and Grandpa Johann. We have a wonderful view of its south-east incline from our terrace at home. Due to its exposure, there is almost always a pleasant wind to dissipate some of the strong southern sunlight, and it yields mature fresh and fruity Zweigelt grapes and aromatic, crisp Grüner Veltliner und Chardonnay wines.
variety: Zweigelt, Chardonnay, Welschriesling, Grüner Veltliner, Gelber Muskateller
age: 1985, 2006
size: 2,68 ha
Our really old Heidacker vines produce Zweigelt grapes ripened to perfection and full of character for our top cuvée, Anna-Christina. The gentle south-western incline has almost perfect sunlight and - in late summer in particular – ideal ripening conditions for healthy grapes. The cooling proximity of the Danube River causes significant temperature fluctuations day and night which encourage full and aromatic Zweigelt and white grape qualities.
size: 4,43 ha
Low-lying and nutrient-rich loess soil. We know Holzweg site as a low-lying cooler north-easterly site with several very gentle hills. It offers perfect conditions for the Zweigelt grapes for our Rubin Carnuntum, as the soil warms up during the day and slowly releases its heat during the night. This warming effect of the soils combined with the cool night winds of the nearby Danube give ripe but crisp Zweigelt grapes with a pleasant balance of fruitiness and acidity, and soft tanins - ideal for our Rubin Carnuntum!
name: Edles Tal
variety: St. Laurent, Chardonnay, Muskateller
age: 1997 - 2009
size: 2,63 ha
This translates as „noble valley“ and the vines here are truly on a special site offering the best conditions for the very difficult St. Laurent varietal. The nutrient-rich soil structure makes for the best and most consistently ripe grapes, which are dried more quickly by the really constant wind, giving the wines a fresh and cool character of their own. The white grapes also benefit from the cool winds of this site and give crisp and flavoursome wines.
size: 0,86 ha
Gravel and loess soil conditions. Altenberg is one of the highest elevations in the Arbestal range of hills where all our vines thrive. We now grow Chardonnay grapes high up on the hillside site where the dry, gravel soil warms up in the daytime sun and cools down quite rapidly at night. These marked temperature fluctuations are ideal for perfectly ripe Chardonnay grapes and also ensure the right balance of freshness and acidity in the wines produced.
size: 0,35 ha
Strong gravel and loess soil The Zwiering site is in the foothills of the Schüttenberg area with gravel-rich top soil and nutrient-rich loess soil further beneath the surface. The Weißburgunder grapes enjoy the daytime warmth of the gravel top soil and develop an exotic fruit and nuty-like aromas quality of which we are very fond.
variety: Syrah, Gelber Muskateller, Sauvignon blanc
age: 2003, 2001, 2008
size: 0,84 ha
Schüttenberg is the highest elevation in the Arbestal range of hills with relatively steep slopes and pure gravel soil quality. Its dry and hot conditions are perfect for the Syrah grape and encourage the typically spicy characteristics of this wine. Gelbe Muskateller grapes are grown atop in a wooded area and exposed to extreme day and night temperature fluctuations which give a distinctive and fresh bouquet. Just recently we started planting Sauvignon Blanc vines on a small part of this incline and had a most interesting first harvest in 2009!
This is also one of the elevated sites in the Arbestal Hills with almost pure gravel soil quality. The Syrah grape thrives in these dry, hot conditions which give the wine its typically spicy-peppery aroma.
variety: Zweigelt, Merlot, Grüner Veltliner, Gelber Muskateller
age: 2005, 2007
size: 4,13 ha
Hagelsberg is a low-lying, rather cool site with excellent conditions for a fruity, juicy Zweigelt and aromatic, crisp Grüner Veltliner und Muskateller wines. The gentle hill faces south and the deep soil retains the warm rays of sunlight during the day and releases the warmth slowly at night to ensure consistent ly well-ripened Merlot grapes.
variety: Merlot, Grüner Veltliner, Weißburgunder, Zweigelt
age: 2003, 1993, 2004, 1995, 1991
Bärnreiser is one of our most important and best sites and at the connection point of the Arbestal Hills between the towns of Göttlesbrunn und Höflein. The south-facing incline has ideal sunlight conditions. The deep loess soil retains the heat during the day very well and releases it overnight. These are great conditions for perfectly ripened, dark Merlot and Zweigelt grapes. Our oldest Gruner Veltliner and Weissburgunder vines are also on this site and produce very strong and well ripened grapes for our white wine selections.
variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zweigelt
size: 2,71 ha
Extremely dry sandy soil. The Aubühel site is the second „wave“ of the Arbestal Hills. The soil quality and dry conditions draw the best out of the Cabernet Sauvignon vines, ensuring excellently ripened grapes every year and the typical cassis aroma associated with this varietal. Zweigelt grapes are grown on the opposite north-facing incline with less sunshine and gentler conditions for this somewhat heat-sensitive vine. The grapes on this site ripen well and assume a dark, juicy cherry aroma.
variety: Grüner Veltliner
size: 0,14 ha
Red gravel-rich soil Rothenberg – literally „red mountain“ – gets its name from its largely red, gravel-rich soil which causes the south-facing incline to heat up naturally during the day. As the site is surrounded by woodland, the entire area cools down very quickly at night. The grapes retain their fruitiness and freshness for a particularly fragrant and crisp Grünen Veltliner .
variety: Grüner Veltliner, Welschriesling
size: 0,65 ha
Facing north-east, this incline forms its own little valley with a very special mesoclimate. The sun shines here mainly in the mornings , bring early warmth to the top soil which is absorbed beneath its surface. The site cools down slowly in the afternoon, but the soil continues to release warmth throughout the valley-like environment. This makes for rich, aromatic white wines.
variety: Grüner Veltliner
size: 0,12 ha
The sandy loess soil of this small site on the outskirts of the Höflein Buhlweingarten and right beside its most attractive church produces each year fragrant, juicy Grüner Veltliner grapes, crisply acidic and with even a peppery touch.