When Stift Zwettl, a Cistercian monastery, was founded by Earl Hadmar I of Kuenring in 1137 the monks were bestowed with forrests and land around Zwettl in the heart of Waldviertel as well as with vineyards and arable land in Kammern near Langenlois and the rivers Kamp and Danube. The oldest known vineyard in the region is mentioned in this deed of donation, i.e. the Allerheiligenstiftung.
As said, in 1740 the estate Gobelsburg was also incorporated by Stift Zwettl. 1784 the two estates, Kammern and Gobelsburg, were merged and have operated as
Schloss Gobelsburg Weingut des Zisterzienser Stiftes Zwettl
since. Gobelsburg has developed to one of the major and most distinguished wine-makers of Austria. After World War II and the Soviet occupation (hence, no vintage wine before that time!) Father Bertrand Baumann managed Schloss Gobelsburg such that the importance and reputation of the winery could be restored swiftly and fully and the chateau could be nicely renovated. Then he served as Abbot of Stift Zwettl from 1980 until 1994 when he resigned due to age. "Altabt" Father Bertrand is still proudly and joyfully inspecting vineyards and cellars here. In consequence of Cistercian tradition Father Bertrand introduced the "Burgundy vine" Pinot Noir to the region achieving outstanding results in spite the fact that viticulture and vinification of Pinot Noir is more complex and difficult as with most other grape varieties. Another famous speciality of the winery is the Gobelsburger Messwein (altar wine), a light and crisp Gruener Veltliner that is being produced in strict accordance to ecclesiatical regulations concerning vineyard and cellar techniques, i.e. organically sensitive work in the vineyards, no chaptalization or additives.
Schloss Gobelsburg Gobelsburger Grüner Veltliner 2014
Extremely fragrant with whiffs of juicy mirabelle plum and physalis. So seductive and openly expressive with a pleasant filigree touch. Compact yet lively and robust. Fine stone fruit notes. Layers of subtle undertones and a nice racy finish. more
in mixed case $14.44
Schloss Gobelsburg Schlosskellerei Cistercian Rose 2015
For the Cistercien Rosé, the Zweigelt and St. Laurent grape varieties grown in the cooler sites of Gobelburg and Langenlois are used. After the harvest, the grapes - still with their stems - are softly pressed and then fermented. This type of rosé is somewhat similar to a white wine ... more
Save $4.02 (25%)
Schloss Gobelsburg Riesling Tradition 2006
Also from Gaisberg, again a chance to compare the old dialect with the new. Linguists are lamenting the extinction of languages because of the thought-systems they embody, and here is a vinous language and a man preserving it as a dynamic thing, not as a museum curator, and the wine ... more
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