In uns allen steckt die tiefe Sehnsucht, im Einklang mit der Natur zu leben und zu wirken. Auf unserem Bioweingut im niederösterreichischen Weinviertel verbinden wir Innovation und Tradition mit den Prinzipien der biologischen Wirtschaftsweise. Dabei haben wir uns dem Grundsatz höchster Qualität verpflichtet. Die Begeisterung und die innovativen Ideen des Jungwinzers Stefan Pratsch werden durch die Eltern Wilhelm und Anneliese stets tatkräftig unterstützt. Unsere Hauptrebsorten sind Grüner Veltliner, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Sankt Laurent und Zweigelt. Auch Cabernet Sauvignon und Pinot Noir werden Jahr für Jahr mit viel Gefühl und Leidenschaft vinifiziert.Dabei konzentrieren wir uns auf drei unterschiedliche Kategorien:

  • Classic
  • Lagenweine
  • Reserve und Süßweine

Durch die biologische Wirtschaftsweise bieten wir der Rebpflanze bestmögliche Bedingungen für ihr natürliches und gesundes Wachstum.

„Unser höchstes Gebot: Die Besonderheiten der einzelnen Trauben und des Bodens unversehrt in die Flasche zu bringen.“

Um die Qualität unserer Trauben bestmöglich zu erhalten, werden diese zum exakt richtigen Zeitpunkt geerntet und Transport und Verarbeitung so schonend wie möglich gestaltet. Wir möchten jeder Traubencharge, die aus dem Weingarten eintrifft, die Chance auf ideale Vinifikations-Bedingungen geben. Es ist unser Ziel, die besonderen Eigenschaften der Traube und des Bodens in die Flasche zu bringen. Dies braucht Raum und Zeit sowie die kellereitechnische Möglichkeit, Verarbeitungs- und Lagerbedingungen fein abzustimmen. Das Potential unserer Lagenweine entfaltet sich vor allem durch die lange Reifung auf der Feinhefe. Damit legen wir den Grundstein für ihre über Jahre hinweg andauernde Lager- und Trinkfähigkeit. Unsere Weine reifen in hochmodernen Edelstahltanks, traditionell großen Eichenholzfässern österreichischer Herkunft sowie in französischen und amerikanischen Barriquefässern.

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„Wir sind stolz auf die über Jahre andauernde Lager- und Trinkfähigkeit unserer Weine.“

Unsere qualitätsorientierten Ansätze sehen wir durch die internationalen Erfolge beim World Wine Championship Award in Chicago und der Biofach in Nürnberg bestätigt. Auf der weltweit größten Weinbewertung– der AWC International – konnten wir bereits zahlreiche Gold- und Silberauszeichnungen erzielen. Dieses positive Feedback bei internationalen Prämierungen fand sein Echo auch in ausländischen Märkten: Neben den USA, welche sich mittlerweile zum Haupt-Exportmarkt entwickelt haben, sind Deutschland, Schweden und Norwegen die wichtigsten europäischen Importeure unserer Weine. Auf nationaler Ebene dürfen wir uns zum renommiertesten Weinkreis Österreichs – den „SALON Österreichischer Wein“ – zählen. Genießer aus aller Welt wissen unsere Qualität zu schätzen. Überzeugen auch Sie sich von unserem prämierten Sortiment und genießen Sie Erlesenes pur…

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:

  • Classic
  • 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.