Dry Extract Interview: Michael Moosbrugger of Schloss Gobelsburg, Kamptal, Austria

Michael Moosbrugger of Schloss Gobelsburg, Austria

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Michael Moosbrugger of Schloss Gobelsburg, Austria

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Michael Moosbrugger took over Schloss Gobelsburg, one of the oldest wineries in Austria, in 1996 after growing up in a family involved in the hotel business in Lech. He has introduced numerous innovations, for example his invention of the ‘Dynamic cellar concept’ for which he developed the ‘Cask on wheels’.

Michael’s special interest lies in identifying genuine old vines, the foundation of a winery that produces authentic wines. He has studied traditional winemaking techniques and the history of winemaking which he applies to selected varieties resulting in the "Tradition" wines. Michael Moosbrugger has won numerous awards and last year his estate celebrated its 850th year of winemaking.

The best advice I ever got

Take your time.

My life motto

Qui bon vin boit, Dieu voit [If you pour good wine, you see God in the wine]

I am currently reading

Demons by Fyodor Dostoevsky 

My most played music track

Grigory Sokolov, The Salzburg Recital.

If I didn’t do my current job I would be


Skill I don’t currently possess but would like to have 


My favourite kind of exercise

Playing piano.

I relax while

I am in my bathtub.

I collect


My essential newspaper/magazine

Die Presse.

My desert-island wine


I have learnt a lot from

My father.

My last meal and sip will be

Stuffed breast of veal prepared by my wife with a bottle of Heiligenstein.