The basis of all wine's taste is the concept "terroir" which means the interplay of soil and microclimate. With nearly 2,000 hours of sun per year, the Thermenregion winegrowing region surrounding Tattendorf and Gumpoldskirchen is one of Austria's sunniest and driest regions. This guarantees that grapes grown here quite regularly attain optimum ripeness and that variety-specific aromas develop to their fullest. The constant movement of air between the plain in the east and the chain of hills to the north quickly dries the plants after precipitation, keeping the grapes healthy and protecting them from mold right up to peak ripeness. The soil, characterized by brown earth, alluvial gravel and conglomerates, offers ideal conditions for the cultivation of high-quality wine grapes.
The Tattendorf terroir
The soil around Tattendorf is particularly interesting from a geological standpoint. Here the thermal fault line runs from south to north, and an ancient sea has left its remains. Massive amounts of coarse, washed-up material "alluvial gravel" are deposited in the stony "Tattendorfer Steinfeld". All in all, it is particularly good soil for the cultivation of Burgundy varieties.
The individual growing locations in Tattendorf.
The Gumpoldskirchen terrior
In the vineyards of Gumpoldskirchen, the grapevines grow in more nutrient-rich soil and at up to 400 meters elevation. For many generations, it has been known that Zierfandler and Rotgipfler highly expressive grape varieties now grown nowhere else in the world but in and around Gumpoldskirchen are capable of producing excellent grapes under these conditions.
The individual growing locations in Gumpoldskirchen.