Decisive buzzwords for us in recent years have been: biodynamic cultivation, white wine, and experimentation. Yet, the buzzwords that excite us most are ALTER BERG! The re-cultivation of its parcels demanded extensive labour and energy and we invested this with the conviction that with our vineyards in the northern part of Leithaberg, we were reviving one of the most spectacular terroirs in Burgenland. We purchased our first parcel here in 2007. At that time around 70 % of its area lay fallow. Locals were raving about the quality potential of wines from this site, but no one wanted anything to do with it: too rocky and difficult to cultivate, they opined.
The Alter Berg is a gigantic limestone pedestal that requires continuous green cover to prevent erosion. Rocks and boulder are omnipresent; the humus topsoil is scant. The importance of promoting soil vitality and biodiversity is of urgent importance. Along with dozens of rows of Blaufränkisch, we also planted trees and bushes. We built habitats for reptiles and other small animals from the large rocks and boulders that we removed. Due to its size of over 20 hectares, there are climatic differences within the Alten Berg vineyard that come from significant variations in altitude and proximity to the forest. Cool, salty, floral aromas and compact and firm structure distinguish both the white wines (Weissburgunder/Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay) and the Blaufränkisch from this site.