Schloss Golbelsburg Winery Simplicity and strictness and the idea of the barrel on wheels is an important element of dynamic wine production. Central to this concept are working processes requiring a minimum of mechanical influence on the wine. The Utilization of natural resources and a combination with innovative elements help to form the character of the wines by preserving their authenticity.
1171 The monks of Swettl Monastery are granted their first vineyards at the Heiligenstein and Gaisberg.
1786 After a fire at the Kammern Winery, Wine making is transferred to Gobelsburg.
1996 Michael and Eva Moosbrugger take over the management of the property together with Willia and Edwige Brundlmayer. The Winery is admitted to the association Osterreichische Traditionsweingunter.
As one of the oldest wineries in Austria, Schloss Gobelsburg has some 35 hectares in historical vineyard sites around the castle. Every site has its specialties and particularities with different soil and micro-climatic conditions. From the sun-exposed terraces on Zöbinger Heiligenstein and the Gaisberg mountain to the extensive garden facilities around Gobelsburg castle, the vines are subjected to a wide range of conditions. In accordance with their respective potential, the best possible development conditions are established for every grape variety.
At Schloss Gobelsburg, ecological winegrowing is not just simply en vogue at the moment. The monks of the Zwettl Monastery, who had managed the winery themselves until 1995, used organic fertiliser, abstained from employing herbicides, and endeavoured to reduce the use of plant protectants.
Single Vineyards (CRU)
In 1996, the Schloss Gobelsburg Winery was accepted as member of the renowned Verein der Österreichischen Traditionsweingüter (Association of Austrian Traditional Wineries). This association was the first in Austria to classify vineyard locations in Kamptal and Kremstal. Some of these - usually locations with a long history – produce wines with great potential year after year and stand out from the other conventional vineyards.
The basis of this sort of wine is a cross-section of varieties (Pinot Noir, Riesling, Grüner Veltliner) from throughout the wine estate and its locations. The grapes from Heiligenstein, Gaisberg, Grub and Lamm are harvested at the right moment, laid in small boxes and immediately pressed, whereby only the core of the basic wine is used. After six months of cask storage, it is filled into bottles for the second fermentation. It then rests for two to three years on the yeast, which contributes a creamy texture, until it is turned slightly and shaken by hand, then degorged.
Grapes from the vineyards around the Heiligenstein (Lamm, Grub, Renner) are used for this wine. Young vineyards (under 20 years) of the former ‘Steiner Allerheilgenstiftung’ are selected for this classical Grüner Veltliner.
It all began during a vertical tasting at Schloss Gobelsburg in June 1999, when we tasted Grüner Veltliner from our vinothek 30 years back. A journalist asked me then – after a very exciting tasting – how these wines may have tasted in these ancient years, when they were young. This question did not leave me and so I started to try to get more information about the winemaking of these former ages. Father Bertrand helped me a lot – for he was responsible for the winemaking of the estate between 1958 and 1980. So I started the revival of the character of wines and their taste, that had been in our cellars for centuries.
As Zweigelt is a relative to Pinot Noir the varietal is an obvious choice in the concentration on the Pinot family. Zweigelt is in the most grown red grape varietal in Austria and has developed a strong identity in the past couple of decades. Dr. Zweigelt – a professor in the wine university of Klosterneuburg – was originating from Langenlois. The vineyards are all around Gobelsburg, which is based on gravel banks formed in the last ice Age. ‘Exuding the typical sweet cherry fruit of this varietal, along with notes of blueberry, leather, resin, and wood smoke, this offers considerably more complexity than one would expect at the price. Faintly grainy in texture, this continues to pump an ample supply of red fruit and smoky, resinous nuances into its finish. While it’s a bit early to report on other 2005 reds from this address, I simply can’t resist.’ (Wine Advocate)
Gyllene Glaset: Golden Glass 2007GOLDEN GLASS 2007 "This year's Golden Glass is awarded to a wine maker and a wine house that not only has provided Sweden with outstandingly good, mineral rich and consumer friendly wines to very nice prices, but also managed a cultural heritage to bygone honour and fame. The winner of the Golden Glass 2007 is Schloss Gobelsburg”
Poland Grand Prix GRAND PRIX PRIZE - The most prestigious and recognized wine magazine in Poland awarded Grand Prix prize to the best wines in particular categories. Schloss Gobelsburg was selected the best producer in the "debut of the year category".
VINARIA TROPHY 2006 - GRUB 2004 wins the VINARIA TROPHY 2006 Michael Moosbrugger received on January 24th the VINARIA TROPHY 2006 in the category Grüner Veltliner. We are very happy to receive this in Austria most prestigious award after 10 years of intense work in the vinyards and cellars.