The soils of the Göttweiger Berg are highly diverse. They range from loam and loess and local conglomerate to chalky clay and weathered slate. It is not surprising that, in this area with such a long wine-growing tradition, there are just the right combinations of varieties and sites.
The varietal breakdown is comprised of Grüner Veltliner, 60%; Riesling, 30%; Chardonnay, 4%; and Pinot Noir, 6%. The most important sites are Gottschelle, Silberbichl and Göttweiger Berg.
The wine estate Stift Göttweig is among the first producers to offerKREMSTAL DAC wines.
The Göttweiger Messwein, or Altar wine, has been an institution in this Benedictine monastery for centuries. Grüner Veltliner and Rosé (from Pinot Noir) are vinified as light, dry wines. From the nature-friendly cultivation of the vineyards to the care and processing of the grapes and wine, the „Reinheitsgebot”, or purity law, of the church must be obeyed. Messwein cannot be produced without the permission of the bishop, and it must be only natural and unaltered.
With 11.5 % alcohol (this may vary, depending on the vintage) Messweine is the lightest wine – very easy and drinkable.
The „Göttweiger Berg“ – as it has been known since 1083 A.D. – strongly benefits from the different microclimatic conditions. Here, the vegetation breathes the cool, soft and spicy air from the Dunkelsteiner Woods as well as the warm Pannonian air – all balanced with the natural humidity of the Danube region. There also are several geological differences, ranging from gravel and sand, and loess and loam, to weathered primary rock – all of which bring, along with the various grape varieties, a plethora of characteristics to the wines.
This is an ideal site for Grüner Veltliner and Riesling. The Göttweiger Berg yields medium-bodied wines with in average of between 12% and 13% vol. alcohol. They are matured in steel tanks.
The origin of the name „Gottschelle” cannot be clearly determined, but it is assumed that it comes from the alpine regions, where a „Goetschen“ describes the pointed protrusion of a mountain crest.
Documentary registration: 1341„Gotschalich” (from the book of the market-town, Furth, near Göttweig, by Franz Resch, Furth 1985)
On gravel and weathered sediments are huge loess formations, which are highly favourable for the development of the Veltliner grape. An impressive sight is the Zellergraben, a sunken road that exposes the thickness of the loess formations. The Zellergraben also underscores the meaning of thetheme "loess and wine".
The vines here are between 15 and 35 years old, and yield concentrated site wines with high storage potential. The grapes from these sites undergo spontaneous fermentation, and are matured in large wooden barrels. The Grüner Veltliner „Gottschelle“ is a region-typical wine with great character.
The Silberbichl is a broad terrace vineyard perched above the Danube river, and comprised of „old Danube” gravel and weathered stone that are covered with loess. This vineyard was documented as a site already in 1562. The name „Silber“ (silver) probably comes from “Glimmer” (mica-slate) - which can be found here in large pieces; „Bichl” is a variation of „Bühel”, or hill.
This southeast-facing site lies in the wine-growing area of Wachau. Riesling is planted here because it is ideally suited to the soil.
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