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“In the Kamptal, the interplay of soil and climate results in particular finesse and complexity.”

Winery

Site, Origin & Climate

The wooded hills of the Waldviertel protect the vineyards from the cold north-westerly winds. During the day, the sun warms the stony terraces, while at night the fresh, fragrant forest air drifts through the Kamp Valley into the Langenloiser Arena. The character of the wines is formed by the geological and climatic diversity of the vineyards, with their hot days and cool nights, where the Danube and the Kamp valleys meet.

Current weather in Langenlois

Vineyard Sites

Size
36.7 ha
Elevation
230 – 345 m
Grape varieties
Riesling
Inclination
13 °
Orientation
SSW
Size
39.5 ha
Elevation
260 – 380 m
Grape varieties
Grüner Veltliner Riesling
Inclination
6 °
Orientation
SSE
Size
103 ha
Elevation
260 – 270 m
Grape varieties
Grüner Veltliner
Inclination
1 °
Orientation
ESE
Size
40 ha
Elevation
215 – 285 m
Grape varieties
Grüner Veltliner
Inclination
4 °
Orientation
S
Size
30.4 ha
Elevation
310 – 345 m
Grape varieties
Grüner Veltliner
Inclination
5 °
Orientation
SE
Size
48.8 ha
Elevation
240 – 340 m
Grape varieties
Riesling
Inclination
4 °
Orientation
SSE
Size
26.8 ha
Elevation
265 – 320 m
Grape varieties
Grüner Veltliner
Inclination
6 °
Orientation
SE
Size
5 ha
Elevation
260 – 380 m
Grape varieties
Grüner Veltliner
Orientation
SW

The terraced south and southwest facing slope of Zöbinger Heiligenstein has a unique geological history that has been preserved in this particular area.

The two neighbouring vineyards, Loiserberg and Berg Vogelsang rise to 380 meters above sea level, they are windy and experience extreme temperatures. The difference is that the Grüner Veltliner from “Loiser Berg” grows on a south to southeast facing slope, which is less exposed to the winds.

The name of the vineyard „Spiegel“ (mirror) is said to derive from Latin “spectaculum” (“look-out”). In the ancient times of the “Limes”, the Romans probably used the spot to observe the Germanic tribes to the north of the Danube. However, still up to now most of the folks think that the name is linked to the convex vaulting of the 300 meter hill, a kind of “mirror” to the sky.

The vineyard Kammerner Lamm is located on the south-eastern slope toe of the Heiligenstein mountain, and is one of the warmest sites in this wine-growing region. 

The vineyard Langenloiser Käferberg is a warm, sheltered site between 310 and 345 meters above sea level, with a southerly and southeasterly aspect. 

The vineyards of Langenloiser Steinmassl are located on a ridge that ranges from 340 meters above sea level in the south-southeast to 240 meters in the north-northwest, with a broad shoulder extending out towards the southwest.

This St. Laurent grows on an amphibolite primary rock soil in the Ried Ladner vineyard.

The Langenloiser Berg Vogelsang is situated on the Loiser Mountain. It hosts a very diverse population of birds The vineyard bends towards the southwest and borders a mixed forest.

Tradition and Erste Lagen

Bründlmayer is a founding member of the “Österreichische Traditionsweingüter”, all of whom are committed to expressing the characteristics of their areas, soils, climate, varietals and cellars in their wines. 

Recognizing that great wines depend on great terroir, in 2010, after more than two decades of preliminary work and discussion, the Traditionsweingüter presented their first Lagenklassifikation (vineyard classification). This is still understood as being a work in progress.

Our classification of the best vineyards builds on the Kamptal appellation system. Only dry wines from Grüner Veltliner or Riesling may carry the name Kamptal on their label, and only vineyards of those varietals may be branded Erste Lage (First Growth).

Bründlmayer’s key vineyards within the Erste Lagen classification are Ried* Kammerner Lamm, Langenloiser Käferberg, Langenloiser Loiserberg, Langenloiser Spiegel, Zöbinger Heiligenstein and Langenloiser Steinmassl.

* Ried is the official Austrian term for “Lage” or “Cru” and means a registered vineyard.

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Origin

In keeping with the international “designation of origin” system, KAMPTAL DAC also uses a three-tier hierarchy divided into region, commune and single vineyard.

KAMPTAL DAC REGIONAL WINE
The typical Kamptal wine bears the hallmarks of the valley in which it grows, of cool nights and hot days, of the temperate valley mouth in the south and the bracing air of the woods to the north.

KAMPTAL DAC ORTSWEIN
These “village” wines reflect the characteristics of each individual municipality.

KAMPTAL DAC RIEDENWEIN Kamptal’s single vineyard wines reflect the soil structure and the various microclimates found in the most detailed of areas and express the individual character of each vineyard.

Climate

The basis for the character of a wine is the interplay of soil and climate. In the Kamptal, this interplay results in particular finesse and complexity. The three types of soils (primary rock, loess and clay) combined with the climate here form a constellation that is found in just a few places on earth. The typical conditions in this valley – approximately 200 to 300 meters high in altitude – are hot days and cool nights in the summer as well as long sunny autumn periods. These contrasting conditions give to the Kamptal wines their incomparable crystal-clear, mineral character.

In principle, the Kamptal is characterised by the contrast between the warming Pannonian influences flowing in from the south-east and the chilly winds coming down from the wooded Waldviertel region in the north-west. This contrast ensures nocturnal cooling even following hot days, which ultimately defines the particularly fine aromas of the wines. The long growing season in the Kamptal – well into late autumn – give the grapes the chance to reach their total physiological ripeness. The annual rainfall of about 550 milimetres and a moderate average annual temperature of 10 degrees Celsius are a part of the typical conditions.