Where our wine grows


Climate & soil

Typical of the 200 to 300 meters high Kamptal are hot days and cool nights in summer, as well as long sunny autumn periods. These contrasting conditions give the Kamptal wines their incomparable, crystal-clear, mineral character.

Basically, the Kamptal is characterized by the contrast of the funnel-like warming Pannonian influences from the south-east and the cold winds of the Waldviertel coming from the north-west. These contrasts ensure cool nights even after hot days, which is responsible for the particularly fine flavoring of the wines. The long vegetation period in the Kamptal up to late autumn gives the grapes a chance to reach their physiological maturity. In the north the Kamptal is protected from cold spells by the high plateau of the Waldviertel and in the north-east by the Manhartsberg.

The geological conditions in the Kamptal could hardly be more varied: on the one hand the rocks of the Bohemian mass coming in from the west – mainly Gföhler gneiss and glittery schists – but also primary rock, some of it only covered with a thin layer of humus. Like the extremely rare, weathered Wüstensandstein from the Perm, which dominates the heart of the Heiligenstein, they are ideal partners for high-class Rieslings and Grüner Veltliner.

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Vineyard Seeberg

This is a south and south-west orientated vineyard at about 300 m above sea level. The silky-glittering glimmers with amphibolite encapsulations reach up to the surface. This is followed by silty-sandy weathering soils, mostly limestone-free rocky earths. The special tension between hot days and cool nights lets the grapes ripe slowly and produces a high fruitiness in the wines. Here we grow fruity and complex Green Veltliner.

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Vineyard Irbling

The altitude of the Irbling vineyards stretches from 300 to 400 meters. This for the most part steeply sloping area facing south experiences extreme contrasts between ground heating during the days and cold, nocturnal air streams. The vineyard lies at the foothills of the Waldviertler gneiss-schist-slate, which is characteristic for the terroir of these wines. Prerequisites which are ideal for fruity delicate Rieslings

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Vineyard Heiligenstein

The Heiligenstein with its reddish, weathered desert sandstone and the conglomerates of volcanic components is one of the best Riesling sites in the area. Between the vineyards there is a flora and fauna as is otherwise only to be found in far southern, Mediterranean regions. On the terraces the Riesling thrives in its particularly fine-spicy character. The hard bedrock releases the layer-specific minerals into the grapes and creates terroir-specific wines. The south-facing location in a basin creates a special microclimate which promotes the typical fruit aromas in the Riesling.

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Grape varieties of this vineyard

  • Riesling

Vineyard Eichelberg

The soil was formed in the dry, cold climate of the ice age. The high pressure of the glaciers pulverized rock such as quartz, lime, mica and clay particles. These soils are hardly afflicted by drought because the loess provides an enormous moisture reserve. Thanks to the depth, the vines can root very deeply here, which means that even longer periods of aridity leave them almost unscathed. Corresponding to this type of soil, concentrated and complex Green Veltliners are grown here.

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