We all share the desire to live in balance with nature. On our organically certified winery in the appellation of Niederösterreich we combine innovation and tradition with the principles of the organic viticulture and winemaking. The outstanding passion and innovative ideas of today’s young owner Stefan Pratsch are supported by his parents Wilhelm and Anneliese:
The background of our family goes back about 8 generations. Our ancestors had always lived in Hohenruppersdorf with our domain consisting of livestock, normal agriculture (wheat, barley) and a few hectares of vines. Wilhelm Pratsch, Stefan’s father, took over in the early 80s.
Today’s basis of a reliable clear quality began in exactly that period. At the time, the use of conventional agricultural methods was standard and taken for granted. Wilhelm wanted to improve the quality of the products he sold, and started thinking intensely about the role of the soil and how it could help improve the quality of the products.
After a few years of experimenting, he converted to fully certified organics in the early 90s. This was something unusual at the time and resulted in his colleagues regarding him as a bit out of the ordinary. After his initial successes of achieving the kind of soil build up he wanted to have, Wilhelm studied the possibilities of organics and its effects more closely. He found that the most important issue in the plant health and production of high quality products is the continual access to water and the finer minerals. This can only be maintained through the continual build up of humus in the soils and is decreased through fertilizers and chemicals. In the first few years it was difficult to observe the build-up, but after several years it became more obvious, that the soils and the quality of the products were coherent.
Whereas Wilhelm decided to sell the livestock in 1983, wine had always been produced. After Stefan had turned 15 years old in 2000, he took over the wine making and persuaded Wilhelm to go more into the production of high end quality. The next years took Stefan through wine school, doing various interns and at the same working at home to develop the wines, while his parents Wilhelm and Anneliese were taking care of the vineyards and the farm.
Until today the vineyards have been treated organically with the result that the soils have a high amount of nutrients and retain water much better than the neighboring vineyards, thus adding to the continual stability of quality of the grapes and therefore the wines. With Stefan’s intense desire to develop the clearest and most complex wines and with the help of the organic viticulture, the wines have been earning some of the highest recognition on various international tasting panels.
To make wines of the highest quality is a prerequisite for us. Our main varieties are Grüner Veltliner, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Sankt Laurent, Zweigelt, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir. We grow these every year with a lot of feeling and passion. Our main focus lies on the production of the quality levels:
- Single Vineyard wines
- Sweet wines
Organic viticulture allows us to give the vine its optimal growing conditions which includes a natural and healthy growth.
„It is our mission to transfer the individual characteristic traits of the grapes and the vineyards into the bottle.“
To gain the optimal quality of our grapes, we pick them at the right point of time, organize transport, the further production steps and vinification as gently as possible. Every grape that arrives from the vineyard should be exposed to the best possible vinification. It is our aim to bring the best aspects from the grape into the bottle. This requires space and time and the optimal techniques for winemaking and storage.
“We are proud to be producing wines with a good ageability and drinking potential.”
Our Single vineyard wines can show their full potential through a long contact on the fine lees. This is the cornerstone for their potential to develop and age. Our modern equipment – stainless steel tanks, traditional large oak barrels and small French barrels – give us the possibility to vary our procedures according to vintage and product. This constant drive for quality has resulted in various international awards such as the World Wine Championship Award in Chicago and Mundus Vini-Biofach in Nürnberg. The leading Austrian jury – the AWC International – awarded us with numerous gold- and silver medals. The various accolades have helped establish our products on international markets. Next to the leading market USA we have been able to attract clients in Germany, Sweden and Norway. On a national level we belong to the select group “SALON – Austrian wines” – which recognized amongst wine professionals around the world. Judge for yourself and try our natural assortment.