We consider our handwork in the vineyards to be of utmost importance because it calls for our near-daily attention from mid-January until the end of October. Each vineyard has different needs and in many cases we need to respond to each vine individually. The decision to merely monitor the vines and practice patience as they mature on their own is one of the most difficult decisions we have to make.
Necessary interventions such as gentle pruning, enhancing soil life and biodiversity, and adapting to changes in the weather help foster the health and growth of our vines. Working by hand with our grapes helps us determine the ideal time to harvest them in order to establish a balance of acidity, body and alcohol.
The Wachau wine terracing illustrates the symbiosis that began thousands of years ago between the extraordinary natural landscape and our ancestors who established the winegrowing tradition here. Thousands of kilometers of stone walls run through the Wachau and are an impressive testimony to how first the monasteries and later the winemakers occupied and transformed the landscape. They are preserved in honor of the rich culture and complex history of the region.
Without these walls there would be no winegrowing in the steep slope landscapes. Often fully incorporated into the cliffs themselves, the walls span across the mountain terraces and vineyards. The walls are elastic and help to evenly distribute pressure from water, protect against erosion, store heat, and provide a niche shelter for a variety of reptiles, insects, and plants. They demand constant attention that can only be done by hand, but the benefits are essential to our work in the vineyards.
Winemaking is the collaboration between nature and the continued engagement of the winemaker in order to cultivate the most authentic and unique wines possible. Our work in the wine cellar is centered on the goal of preserving what was achieved in the vineyards: bringing together the perfect balance of each wine and individual characteristics of each vineyard into the bottle.
In a nutshell, it is our philosophy to intervene as little as possible yet as much as necessary to achieve our goals. The wooden barrels are essential to the maturation of our wines because they provide the optimal environment for them to age undisturbed.