Schloss Gobelsburg is the oldest winery in the Kamptal wine region by the river Danube.It lies between Linz and Vienna and, along with Wachau and Kremstal, is one of the three adjacent regions that make the finest wines in Austria. The CEO of Schloss Gobelsburg, Michael Moosbrugger was in Delhi recently to promote his wines, writes Reva K Singh.
Schloss means ‘castle’ in German and Schloss Gobelsburg’s documented viticultural history goes back to the 12th century. In 1171, Cistercian monks from Burgundy first introduced vines here. The castle was built by the Hapsburg emperors in the 16th century and in 1740 it was bought by a Cistercian Abbey.
The monks tended the vineyards and produced the wine continuously until 1992, except for a short period when it was occupied by French prisoners and the Russian army during World War II. The promise and quality of the wines of Schloss Gobelsburg have fluctuated over the centuries but its quality has been consistently excellent in recent times.
Among the leading producers in the region and throughout Austria, Schloss Gobelsburg has been the recipient of numerous awards including, Winery of the Year 2011 by “Wine and Spirits” magazine in the US. It has been run by Eva and Michael Moosbrugger since 1996. Moosbrugger, who was named Winemaker of the Year in 2006 by the Austrian fine wine magazine, “Falstaff”, has a special interest in traditional winemaking techniques.
Grüner Veltliner (pronounced GROO-ner velt-LEAN-her) and Riesling are the winery’s most important varieties. Moosbrugger is keen on bringing out their diversity of style and develop older grape varieties planted by the monks. This is reflected in the TRADITION series of wines, which pays homage to the traditions of the 19th century. The wines of Schloss Gobelsburg are seriiously complex, gloriously rich and imbued with a real sense of place, to quote the British wine merchant, Berry Bros & Rudd.
Austrian wines are known around the world for quality and make superb food wines. For an overview of Austrian wines read our story, “Wine Wonderland” in the current issue, December 2013 – January 2014.
Aspri Spirits distributes four Schloss Gobelsburg wines, three whites, two Gruner Veltliner and one Riesling and Zweigelt, which is a red varietal related to Pinot Noir. The wines range in price between Rs 3,000 and Rs 5,000