Kamptal - Vienna
Tucked away to the west of Vienna, between the Kremstal, Donauland and Weinviertel, lies Kamptal, which takes its name from the River Kamp which runs through the region. Winegrowing history here goes back a long way - the local museum in Langenlois has exhibits showing that this region has been populated by man since the stone age.
The region is centred on Langenlois, which is Austria's largest wine town, while key wine villages include Kammern, Zöbing and Gobelsburg.
Our primary Kamptal producer is the Waldschutz family - their wines are fantastic examples of the primary rock terroir
Vienna is the only major capital city in the world with significant wine production nearby. The vines still extend, however, into parts of the city itself, as they have done for hundreds of years.
Viticulture in Vienna is as old as Vienna itself - the Celtic settlement of Vedunia, and later the Roman garrison of Vindobona both cultivated grapes. The earliest named vineyards were documented in 1132, and by the late middle ages, all city districts had their own vineyards.
Viennese Heurigen culture, which so dominates Viennese wine to this day, was made possible by Emperor Josef II, who in 1784 passed a law allowing wine growers to sell their wine alongside home-made food. Viennese will often on a nice day take the tram out to go for lunch in a Heuriger, ideally one attached to a winery in a vineyard district. If you are visiting Vienna for business or tourism, take the time to do the same.
Our main winemaker in Vienna is the fantastic Rainer Christ, always one of the best !
As in neighbouring Wachau and Kremstal, the primary grape varieties are Grüner Veltliner and Riesling, grown on some 3,800 hectares of primary rock, loess, and clay soils.
During the day, the hillsides are heated by the sun's rays, whilst at night they are cooled by the fresh breeze from the Langenlois to the north.
The region is dominated by a high-lying area known as the Heiligenstein, documented as long ago as 1280 as “Hellerstein”, or Hell Rock, because of the burning sun it enjoys which is perfect for ripening grapes. I've been there in June, it's hot all right! Daytime sun warms the hillsides while at night the vineyards are cooled by the river and fresh breezes from the north.
White grape varieties develop a spicy aroma, a fine acidity and a crystal-clear mineral character. Reds develop fine berry tones with delicate fruit and are among Austria’s most elegant.