Key terms that spring to mind: authenticity, sustainability and typicity, but also openness, the ability to learn and serenity. The grapes, the soil, the slate, the location and the overall of the terroir – should be mirrored in the finished product. Our wine is not always a smooth affair, and from time to time it might be unwieldy in its youth, but it always represents our ideas and our possibilities. We aim to let the grape varieties unfold their natural qualities as fully as possible in the cool topography of the Spitzer Graben.
Respect for the unique natural conditions of our terroir is an absolute prerequisite for this to happen. We also engage with ideas from organic viticultural principles where appropriate. Healthy plants, sensible soil management and detailed observation are what the present and future qualities of our wines are based upon.
While the viticulture, the care for and study of the grapes on the vines, is highly important, the cellar and the transformation of the grapes into wine is equally significant.
Winemaking is a continual reaction to the requirements dictated by specific grape materials. We have our own methods with regard to the vinification process, which include a bit of contact with the skins, warm fermenting temperatures and contact with the yeast. We pay great attention to each one of these steps, but at the same time try to influence the natural developments as little as possible and to avoid any unmotivated interventions. It is, however, always important to remain observant – this is the only way one can keep on developing further. Being observant includes the ability to listen, both to other winemakers and also to the consumers, taking their reactions to our wines and their specificities seriously.’