The Wagram is, at its core, a terrace — a marked ridge of loess. The view is fantastic. It’s possible to see as far as the Ötscher and Schneeberg mountains. Linguistically, the Wagram name derives from the Middle High German: “wac” for wave or welter, and “rain” for meadow or hillside.
– Martina Ehmoser
The loess. It’s a favorite topic of ours: a gift from the ice age, collected at the edges of the primordial sea. The soil is rich in fossils and minerals, giving it a calcareous character. It also retains water effectively. Many hold the loess to be the soul of the region — and they may well be right. For winegrowing it is a true blessing.
Our climate is unmistakably ours. Hot Pannonian weather patterns come to us from the southeast, while the cool of the forest district to the north has its own distinct influence. From the south, the Danube sends us pleasantly cool and moist air. This latter factor brings us lovely hot summer days with cool nights. It is an ideal site for winegrowing, which has been practiced here since the Middle Ages.
‘St. George’s Mountain’ is named for the church in Grossweikersdorf. Its vineyard was once owned by the parish church of St. George, which has existed since at least 1241. The finest parcels were typically owned by cloisters or the Church, and this single site is even today one of the best in the area. The bedrock of our vineyards contains gravel from the proto-Danube, covered with a deep and broad layer of loess.
Georgenberg is a pure southern exposure, quite warm and protected from the wind. Our finest vineyard parcel is the forge for our authentic Grüner Veltliner Ried Georgenberg, an elegant wine of tremendous complexity and character.
The Hohenberg name refers to a high mountain ridge. The site is located at 350 m of elevation on the powerful loess hillside and faces towards the southeast. Our parcel serves as the incubator for our Grüner Veltliner Ried Hohenberg, a strong-minded wine of unmistakable character. The windy and somewhat cooler climate lends the wine fresh, dark aromatics with an elegant minerality.
Ried Hohenberg is the estate’s oldest holding: it was here that Josef Ehmoser’s grandfather planted his first vineyard and laid the cornerstone for our current estate.