A Taste of Culture - 900 years old
A 900-year-old tradition makes the Stift Klosterneuburg winery the oldest in Austria. Currently home to Augustinian monks from around the world, it was founded in 1114 as a collegiate church by the Margrave Leopold III. More than 900 years ago, vineyard and winery operations were established as a means of financing the abbey. Today, Stift Klosterneuburg still produces wines from its 260 acres of vineyard land scattered across southern Austria. In addition to those within the city limits of Vienna, the abbey owns vineyards in the regions of Gumpoldskirchen and Tattendorf, as well as its estate holdings in Klosterneuburg, making it the biggest winery in Austria.
In recent years, producers like Stift Klosterneuberg have dramatically increased the quality of Viennese wine and, in the process, revived the old local tradition of producing special field blends known as “Gemischter Satz.” Typically, each grape is vinified separately and mixed later, but Gemischter Satz is crafted from as many as 12 different grape varieties grown side by side in the same vineyard before being harvested, pressed and fermented together. A coalescence of Riesling, Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) and Grüner Veltiner, this wine offers flavors of honeysuckle, green apple and assorted stone fruits. The lively finish features bright acidity and a lingering, dusty minerality.
This wine is best served well chilled, and offers remarkable versatility at the table. It adores fresh, clean flavors that match its vibrant personality. Consider a simple pâté, a savory scallop mousse, or basic crab cakes with aioli. This blend will also works beautifully with many salads, vegetables and leafy greens. It also works really well as a refreshing stand-alone aperitif.
Stift Klosterneuburg is also a leader in sustainability and environmental protection and was the first carbon neutral winery in Austria.