Wine Estate Facts
Owner: Heinz & Gabi Weixelbaum
Estate Size: 17 hectares/42 Acres
Grapes: Riesling, Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), Grüner Veltliner, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Rivaner, Zweigelt
Vineyards: Gaisberg, Wechselberg, Hasel, Gautscher, Strasser Sandgrube, Brunngasse, Eichberg
Strass in the Kamptal, a pioneering winemaking region, has for many years made a significant contribution to the Austrian wine industry in terms of high quality wines. Strass is home to Austrian's oldest winemaking establishments among others the Weixelbaum winery which is a family business since 1770. Heinrich Weixelbaum pro-duces superb results from some of Strass's best grapes. He is the winemaker of Weixelbaum Winery and is constantly looking for consistently excellent wines. His life is his family and winery and his guiding principle is:
"We all have an interest in the progress of the vintage and have two simple aims........to make wines we love to drink ourselves and to see others enjoying them."
Wine region: Kamptal / Austria
Its name originates from the Kamp River. In the middle of the Kamptal is Austria's largest wine town named Langenlois. Next to it is the well-known wine village Strass. A wine growing highlight in the area is the Zöbinger Heiligenstein and the Strasser Gaisberg. Both mountains are now the best sites for Riesling and Grüner Veltliner. Plentiful clay, loess and primary rock soils help create a distinctive Grüner Veltliner. Here its taste is peppery and has an excellent ageing potential. The pronounced acidity, a characteristic of the Grüner Veltliner as well as the Riesling, adds to this potential.
Gaisberg, Wechselberg, Hasel, Gautscher, Strasser Sandgrube, Brunngasse, Eichberg
Hectares/ acres: 17/ 42
Grüner Veltliner Barrique - matured in oak barrels
Grüner Veltliner: Its exact origin is unknown, however there are traces going back to Roman times. It is the main variety in Austria and offers the vintners a broad spectrum of production, from a light wine for everyday consumption to very full-bodied and expressive wines of an impressive depth.
Riesling: It has been proven that this variety was planted in Germany as early as 1435. Riesling belongs today to the most fragrant and raciest wines. It makes the highest demands on climate, location and the soil, but therefore the Riesling presents itself as a very racy and outstanding wine, which develops continuously and is capable for maturing.
Pinot Blanc: This variety is demanding on its location and soil, needing that which is deep, rich in nutrients and sufficiently moist. The Pinot Blanc (Weissburgunder) in Austria develops into a rich wine with a fine, almondy taste and a piquant acidity.
Sauvignon Blanc: Sauvignon Blanc is elegant and fruity with a unique character. The wine presents itself with a greenish yellow color and in the taste with a grassy spiciness of fresh paprika pods to aromas of asparagus, elder and cassis at the stage of high maturity.
Roter Veltliner: A very old variety, with an origin not yet clearly established. It is grown in the Kamptal and Donauland in smaller quantities. The wine is
greenish yellow, very fruity and fragrant with a fine spicy aroma.
Chardonnay: This grape variety can be found in all wine-growing regions in two styles, matured in steel tanks or in new wood. In our winery you find the Chardonnay matured in steel, a fresh and fruity type.
Rivaner: The Rivaner, in former days known as Müller Thurgau, is mostly a wine with little acidity, a bouquet slightly reminiscent of Muscat and with a mild taste.
Zweigelt: This variety with the intense cherry fruit aromas and flavors is the most widely planted red vine variety of Austria. Depending on the yield and climate, the spectrum goes from the light, easy drinking wine to powerful and mouth-filling red wines also suitable for barrique maturing.