Falstaff Wineguide Austria 2022/23

Falstaff Wineguide Austria 2022/23

Since 1803, the Wohlmuth family have been pressing grapes in the southern Styrian town of Kitzeck im Sausal, the highest wine-growing village in Austria. Over the years their work has not changed much - just as in days gone by the solid slate rocks on the surface of the vineyards have to be beaten with hammers, and every single vine has to be laboriously worked into the barren soil. The most detailed manual work - from pruning to the entire foliage work to the selective hand harvest - is the basis of the quality of the wines. Their respect for the natural resources is characterised their renunciation of herbicides and insecticides. There is no irrigation here and the cover crop on the steepest vineyards is still cut with a scythe.

The vineyards lie at an altitude of 400 to 600 metres above sea level and, with a slope of up to 90 percent, they are among the steepest vineyards in Europe. Up to 1,200 hours of work go into each hectare of these extreme vineyards every year. The striking slate minerality can be found in all of the winery's wines and shows how firmly rooted the vine is within the predominant soil of the Kitzeck-Sausal appellation.

For generations some of the earliest mentioned single vineyards in Austria have been owned by the Wohlmuth family, such as the Edelschuh vineyard, first mentioned in a document in 1322. These historically significant single vineyards are maintained and preserved at great expense and occasionally laboriously replanted. But these vineyards are ultimately the foundation of a unique and special quality; they produce wines of provenance that are characterised by a tension between warmth (Illyrian climate, ripe grapes) and coolness (alpine influence, poor slate soil, high altitude).

DETAILS

  • Contact Person: Gerhard Wohlmuth
  • Exhibitions
  • Winemaker: Gerhard Wohlmuth
  • Tasting room
  • Cellar Door Sales
  • Production Style: Conventional
  • Cultivation Area in Hectares: 65
  • Food & Snacks for Sale

Opening hours

Monday
09:00 to 12:00
13:00 to 17:00
Tuesday
09:00 to 12:00
13:00 to 17:00
Wednesday
09:00 to 12:00
13:00 to 17:00
Thursday
09:00 to 12:00
13:00 to 17:00
Friday
09:00 to 12:00
13:00 to 17:00
Saturday
09:00 to 16:00
Sunday
closed

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Affiliated businesses

  • Meinhardt Hube
    Fresing 24, 8441 Kitzeck, Styria, Austria
    2 stars
  • Weingut Branigg
    Fresing 24, 8441 Kitzeck im Sausal, Styria, Austria
    2 stars
  • Weingut Noemi
    Fresing 24, 8441 Kitzeck im Sausal, Styria, Austria
    2 stars

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