Steep vineyard on a sea level of 330 - 490 m with an exposition facing South to Southwest. 15 million years ago the Paratethys Ocean covered South Styria and is remembered by majestic coralline limestone reef. The “Zieregg” vineyard is highly influenced by this distinctive sub soil. It goes without saying that the wines produced on this beautiful site get characteristics from its past as well. Expect profound and elegant wines with a whole lot of structure, distinctiveness and great aging potential.
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Wine & Vineyards
For decades now we, as a winery, are known for the highest quality, elegance and a clear message. That also can be considered our personal requirement to ourselves in everything we do. Over the years we have been working under the principles of organic agriculture, but since the harvest of 2018 we are finally fully certified organic. The logical step really for anyone who works closely with nature. Finding a way of working, that listens to nature. Working with it in a dialogue rather than a monologue. Nature ends up showing us the way whether we like it or not. This is expressed by our conscious choice of local grape varieties like Sauvignon Blanc, Welschriesling, Gelber Muskateller, Weissburgunder and Morillon. Grape varieties that have history here and flourish in the regional climate and weather conditions. Conditions that challenge us year after
year and confront us with new challenges. It is these borderline experiences that teach us to listen to nature and is exactly what makes our work exciting. It forces us to be humble and see our wine as what it is: a snapshot in time far away from any predictability.
Origin with a system
Gathering the expressions and distinctiveness of Styria is not an easy task. Luckily there is some orientation with the help of a classification system that was established in 2018. The wines are distinguished in Gebietsweine (territory wines), Ortsweine (village wines) and Riedenweine (single-vineyard wines). The quality requirements are particularly high because hand harvest is required for all stages.
It is a question
We work with vineyards on both sides of the border. On both - the Slovenian and the Styrian side - we want to showcase the differences and highest potentials of the grapes. It might be a hassle to do so, but every drop of sweat and every aching bone is worth it. Our most treasured vineyards have two things in common: they are situated on south-east to south-west facing slopes and all lay on a particularly high sea level. Those features provide the vineyards with a special microclimate, which helps us to grow grapes with a perfect acidity structure.
Now it’s only important to harvest at the right time and treat the grapes with care in the cellar. We ferment our wines naturally with spontaneously yeast and vinify each vineyard separately. Only after storing the wines for some time will we be able to decide the destiny of each one of them. The characteristics it shows, the origin it emphasizes. Our collected experience will lead the way.
Directy bordering the famous vineyard “Zieregg", on the Slovenian side of the hill, lays “Ciringa” (Slovenian for “Zieregg”) on 340 - 480 m above sea level. The vineyard is characterized by coraline limestone soil with a top layer of loose brown soil (cambisol). This as it is, is a perfect terroir for expressive, mineral and pure Sauvignon Blancs.
Located in a closed mountain basin on 300 - 420 m above sea level with a South - Southeastern exposition and characterized by sandy-loamy coralline limestone soil. Again an offspring of the Paratethys ocean. Unique for especially cold nights, which lead to elegant wines with an herbalmineral note with a tangy saltiness.
Finishing the “Vineyard-Triangle” with “Zieregg” and “Grassnitzberg”, Ried “Wielitschberg” lays on 410 m above sea level. The hill is influenced by the majestic coraline limestone reef leading to a mix of sparse coral marl and cool clay soils. The vineyard is opened towards the West, making it the warmest single vineyard in the village of Ehrenhausen. A combination made in heaven for well balanced and characteristic Traminer.
Closed and therefore somewhat warm mountain basin with a South - Southwestern exposition. A play field for our Burgundy grape varieties. Profound, loamy chalk-marl soil, which is called “Opok” in that region. The highest point lays on 490 m above sea level and works best for wines full of finesse which are destined for a long life.
Situated on a plateau on about 330 m overlooking the village of Ehrenhausen. Single vineyard Ottenberg, based on calcareous sand and limestone soil, produces an urban and puristic style of Welschriesling.
A vineyard facing South-Southeast, on 340 - 470 m above sea level, that is characterized by especially fertile “Opok” limestone. The combination of those factors produce unique wines of profound minerality.
This open plateau on about 500 m above sea level borders the Grosse STK vineyard “Sernau Koenig”. It's dominated by red sandy and gravely soil that lead to aromatic and herbaceous wines of finesse and deep character. A natural perfect setting for Muskateller.
A very high situated vineyard with South-Southwestern exposition on 500 m above sea level that gets protected by the surrounding forest. The river Drau played a huge role in the soil compilation of that specific spot, feeding it with loads and loads of gravel over the course of time. That particular alluvial soil produces wines of deep minerality with notes of juniper, fennel and gooseberry.
Ried Hochkittenberg is characterized by steep slate terraces and a mountain plateau lying at around 450 m above sea level located between Leibnitz and Kitzeck-Sausal. The terroir is characterized by slate conglomerate soils dominated by cooling winds from the Koralpe. Spicy and deep minerality with elegant acidity.