The place Buschenberg is located east of the Ried Klaus. It enjoys the first rays of sunshine in the summer and in the evening is cooled down by the breezes from Waldviertel, through the mountains on the north side. The soils consisting of large primary rocks that brings mineral and strong wines with a long shelf life. Pure manual work in the vineyard, not suitable for tractors. Its name dates back to 1312 and describes a mountain with bush vegetation.
Grape varieties: Grüner Veltliner, Riesling
Soil type: loamy sand or sand with moderate stone and gravel content
Size in hectares: 0.35
Altitude in m: 300 - 330
Orientation: S - SW
Age of the vines: from 1990.
Average gradient: 39%
Distance to the Danube in m: 545
First documented mention: 1312
Water conditions: dry; low storage capacity, high permeability
Horizons: Arig (20cm); ABrig (50-80cm); Cn (100cm)
Soil type and coarse content: Arig, ABrig: sandy silt or sandy loam with a high to very high gravel content.
Humus proportions: medium to weak humus
Lime content: mostly lime-free, mixed with loess, however, it can also be slightly calcareous
Soil reaction: slightly acid, neutral in some places (when
mixed with Loess)
Danger of erosion: partly at risk of runoff (in a sloping position)
Machinability: in the case of arable land, machining is made more difficult by the stone and gravel content, partially difficult access
Natural soil value: medium-quality arable land (high-quality vineyard soil)
The vineyard Weitenberg in Weißenkirchen is a south-facing terraced hillside location that borders on the vineyard Hinterkirchen from the south, the vineyard Achleiten to the east and the vineyards Hinter der Burg, Vorder and Hinter Seiber to the west. The clay-rich soils are known as so-called minute soils, as they only allow a very small time window for optimal cultivation. In connection with a classic Gföhler gneiss slip mass, they ensure a ripeness comparable to that of the neighboring district of Achleiten, but a slightly cooler and darker fruity aroma.
Grape varieties: Zweigelt, Rösler
Size in hectares: 0.54
Altitude in m: 305-325
Orientation: SW - SO
Age of the vines: from 2021.
Average gradient: 31%
Max. Slope in%: 69
Distance to the Danube in m: 205
First documented mention: 1349
The Weitenberg forms the westernmost cornerstone of the Gföhler gneiss formation in the Wachau vineyards.
For the most part, the base of the bedrock is buried with stable block rubble made of rocks up to several meters in size from Gföhler gneiss and a clay-kaolin intermediate.
The material is interpreted as a fossil landslide body or as a sliding mass. The profile shows a section.
The soil consists of a clay matrix with embedded stones from Gföhler gneiss.
The topsoil with the 20 cm thick humus horizon is lime-free, while stones and cracks in the subsoil are covered with lime-like material.
The Zweigelt copes best with this special, heavy soil and results in elegant and structured wines.
Integrated viticulture means the use of combined techniques with minimal intervention to protect the vines and guarantee the high quality of the grapes.
Treatments are done only if strictly necessary according to weather conditions.
No use of herbicides, pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.
For the maintenance of health and soil structure in the long term, its microbiological diversity is incentivated using green manure and eventually the inoculation of mycorrhizal fungi and earthworms.
All the work as well as the harvest is manual.
Based on these principles, we adapt ourselves to the conditions of each harvest, respecting and maintaining its typical characteristics.