Falstaff Wineguide Austria/South Tyrol 2021/22

Falstaff Wineguide Austria/South Tyrol 2021/22

Christoph Neumeister is the third generation to run the Neumeister winery in Straden. His approach to viticulture and winemaking as well as his demand for wine quality are very nuanced. At a time when the loudest, biggest or flashiest things are often pushed to the fore, he consciously pursues a long-term, holistic and elaborate approach in order to press elegant wines that are characterised by inner calm and complexity, yet are still lively and satisfyingly profound.

Straden is located in the volcanic region of Styria in southeastern Austria and is characterised by an Illyrian-Pannonian mixed climate. This brings warm days and cool nights as well as sufficient rainfall averaging 900 millimeters per year, which in turn allows for a long growing season and late harvest. In this challenging climatic environment, 31 hectares are cultivated, spread over countless small vineyards on steep slopes. The geology of these vineyards is characterised by limestone-rich sedimentary soils from two different provenances: sandstone and shell limestone, formed from a mudflat sea, and Sarmat gravel, which was deposited here in the Tertiary period from the Alps.

Many of these vineyards have reached 40 years of age and more and are partly still cane cultivations, which means elaborate manual work. In addition, all vineyards have been farmed organically since 2013. The result of careful hand-harvesting, extended maceration periods, gentle and slow ageing in the cellar, spontaneous fermentation, long yeast contact times and late bottling is well-structured and elegant wines with a high degree of complexity and a clear provenance.

The winery's premium vineyards are Saziani and Moarfeitl (GSTK) as well as Klausen and Steintal (1STK). The family runs the restaurant "Saziani Stub'n" and the boutique hotel "Schlafgut Saziani" in the immediate vicinity of the winery. Christoph Neumeister was awarded the title "Falstaff Winemaker of the Year" in June 2019 at the Hofburg in Vienna.

DETAILS

  • Contact Person: Christoph Neumeister
  • Exhibitions
  • Winemaker: Christoph Neumeister
  • Tasting room
  • Cellar Door Sales
  • Accommodation
  • Production Style: Organic
  • Cultivation Area in Hectares: 31
  • Production of Spirits
  • Food & Snacks for Sale

Opening hours

Time period:
Monday
11:00 to 18:00
Tuesday
11:00 to 18:00
Wednesday
11:00 to 18:00
Thursday
11:00 to 18:00
Friday
11:00 to 18:00
Saturday
closed
Sunday
closed

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