The stony primary rock as well as the slate soil accumulate the solar heat and lead to a balanced thermal temperature in the terraces when nights are cooler. However, stony soils affect even more. They contain potassium to a great extent and offer the vine stock a substantial, natural source of mineral nutrients that also comes into grapes. As a result, the primary rock & slate terroirs characterise the mineral taste of our Giant and Urknall Collections in a distinctive way.
The loess: Powerful and profound and very delicate. The fruitfulness results from the small but not too fine particle size and the adjunct easily accessible richness of minerals.
Up to 17 metres deep roots gives our wines from Sand1, ClassiC, Impuls & Urknall Collection their distinctive loud fragrance and the elegant and zesty taste. Our red wine collection- to a great extent – comes from loess soils and has therefore grand density and complexity.
Terraced grounds – located to the south and the Danube, ensure this perfect climate. The southern hill guarantees sunlight from dusk till dawn which is reflected to the terraces by the river Danube. Moreover the Danube stores – like the primary rock, loess and slate soils – the warmth of the sun and emits it during night or on cooler days to the vines. This microclimate ensures a long period of growth in which grapes ripen slowly and conserve their refreshing acid.
In the 19th century the grape wine louse destroyed many European vineyards and territories. To defend this horrible infestation, European vintners have refined their wine stocks with American (grape wine louse resistant) vines. Old, deep rooted vines indeed give a minor harvest, although deliver especially rich and mineralic essences. The Zoehrer Estate counts on this special temper of the nature and tries year by year to bring the best grape juices of the Terroir as well as the Reserve collection from the “old vines” to the bottle.
Healthy and ripe grapes – harvested at the point – are the motto of the Zoehrer Estate every year: fewer grapes on the stock – more quality in the wine cellar.
Controlled & Integrated Wine Production
The Zoehrer estate views with a “green eye” the fruitfulness of soil as most important basis in the production of grand wines. We attempt to keep foreign influences to nature as minor as possible and use methods that equal or resemble organic farming.
A complete changeover to organic farming is held out by Toni Zöhrer – but this is due to the terraced vineyard a long and hard way!
During the past years a close-to-nature cultivation has established itself – also caused by the concept of integrated cultivation. This concept perfectly combines nature protection, profitability and social interests.
This triangle of ecology, economy and social aspects is based on a concept of sustainability and expresses very clearly that improvements in one of these three sectors are never to the disfavour of the others.
„umweltschonender Weinbau“ (Deutschland)
„Viticulture Raisonnée“ (Frankreich).
„Kontrolliert Integrierte Produktion“ (Österreich)
The most important organisations are:
„Kontrolliert Umweltschonender Weinbau“ (KUW)
„Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter“ (VDP) Deutschland
„Terra Vitis“ (TV) Frankreich
„Kontrollierte Integrierte Produktion“ (KIP) Österreich.