Wines of character need

people with a strong personality.

Davis Weszeli

A father of three children, Davis switched from the hustle and bustle of city life to agriculture in order to be much closer to nature. Davis started to appreciate the art of the Kamptal vintners early on. This led to the acquisition of a traditional winery in 2011.

In his ambition for outstanding achievements, Davis aims at creating unique wines at the winery. Aspects that are particularly important to him in this context are the sustainability of organic viticulture and the authenticity of the wines: no additives and no technical tricks, but rather targeted support to the ecosystem so that the vines can fully benefit from the potential of the terroir. He approaches wine with a big understanding for the old and proven. At the same time he makes it to the test with some unorthodox approaches. Davis is sure that new findings combined with well-tried form the basis for a sustainable development of the estate.

Thomas Ganser

The oenologist with in-depth professional qualification acquired at the Krems School of Oenology and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna joined us in time for our harvest 2015.

Besides his extensive training Thomas is looking back at global practical experiences. Prior to his last employment as a winemaker in a renowned Austrian traditional winery he worked for wineries in New Zealand, Australia and Chile.

The nature and sport-loving German whose favourite variety is, of course, Riesling is the perfect addition to our team.

TRADITION THRIVES ON INNOVATION.

The roots of the estate date back to the year 1679. From generation to generation the knowledge of winemaking was passed on and further developed. After nearly 300 years of mixed farming, the farm developed into a pure wine estate.

Subsequently, the winery was further directed into a modern and future-oriented direction by focusing on environmentally sustainable viticulture. Davis is now fully committed to his own viticultural philosophy: the principle Terrafactum.

Weszeli Terrafactum

Grüner Veltliner & Riesling

Single vineyard wines from the Kamptal

The vineyards of Weingut Weszeli are situated around the town of Langenlois. On 30 hectares, Grüner Veltliner and Riesling of the highest quality are grown.

The wine estate has a long tradition, cultivating grapes and producing wine since 1679. And now, Davis Weszeli connects the old family knowledge, developed over so many generations, with his own special wine philosophy: the Principle Terrafactum. This means that he places the vineyard itself, with its tremendous biological diversity, at the very center of his work – because that is where the true character of the wine is formed. He supports the interaction of flora and fauna with every effort. This also means that hardly any machines are used in the vineyards. Whether it comes to the care of the vines, the shortening of the leaves or the harvesting, this work is carried out by hand. And this kind of respect is employed even through the gentle vinification process.

With such a close relationship to nature, Weingut Weszeli creates wines that bring the unique taste of the terroir into the glass– pure, honest and genuine.

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Kamptal –

the home of our vineyards.

The vineyards of Weingut Weszeli are situated around the town of Langenlois. On 30 hectares, Grüner Veltliner and Riesling of the highest quality are grown.

Be it an exposed southern slope, terraces or a small plot – each vineyard has its own special character. Microclimate and soils form the basis, plants and animals complement the ecosystem. The wines need each and every element and an intact balance in order to be able to develop their very specific character.

Learn more about our vineyards and their occupants as they shape the taste of our wines.

The vineyards for Grüner Veltliner Langenlois:

Not only vines but also ground squirrels are fond of loess.

The Langenlois site comprises more than 60 vineyards. Each of them has its special character. In spite of their differences, they have one thing in common: their residents. Ground squirrels find it easy to dig their burrows in fine-grained loess. Here the small rodents hibernate and rear their offspring. They mainly feed on seeds, roots and herbs that the vineyards offer them in abundance.

Always on the alert, the ground squirrels guard their territory and are as nimble as Grüner Veltliner Langenlois is fresh.

The vineyard for Grüner Veltliner Schenkenbichl:

A welcome guest having the right to stay – the hoopoe.

The Schenkenbichl vineyard borders on a forest. Here, we have set up several nesting boxes for hoopoes. There, these rare migratory birds embark on their flights through the vineyard. They love warm temperatures and this is why Schenkenbichl is ideally suited for them: Its southern exposure and stone walls that give off the heat of the day far into the night provide for high temperatures. The diverse vegetation also is to his liking. Roses growing at the start of each vine row as well as sunflowers, lavenders, lilacs, courgettes and garden nasturtium located between the terraces offer them many insects.

Being migratory birds, hoopoes embark on a long, arduous journey every August. The vines of the Grüner Veltliner Schenkenbichl also have to exert themselves in order to root deep into the ground. Fortunately, the efforts of both are rewarded again and again: The hoopoes can enjoy another summer and our Grüner Veltliner gets a particularly creamy body. Year by year.

The vineyard for Riesling Loiserberg:

Bee swarms on a big flight.

Roses, peonies, rapeseeds, sunflowers, lilacs and fruit trees make Loiserberg a paradise for insects. Because this vineyard located at the highest site in Kamptal valley is so ideal for bees, they have already established several colonies here. The diversity of the plants growing between the vine rows offers them more than enough nectar. They thank us by busily pollinating our diverse flora.

Do the bees actually know that, with its subtle residual sugar, the Riesling Loiserberg reminds of them and their honey?

The vineyard for Riesling Seeberg:

Sunbed for green lizards.

Six sun-bathed terraces make up the Seeberg vineyard where green lizards feel particularly at home. Especially in the morning and in the evening, they enjoy lingering on the warm stones as the nights can be rather cool given the strong influence of the Waldviertel region. They find protection and shelter in numerous small holes in the grass. Shrubs and berries provide them with varied food.

With their effortless elegance, the green lizards are highly similar to the Riesling Seeberg.

The cellar vineyard:

Grüner Veltliner Eiswein and kingfisher – two kindred spirits.

The grapes used for Weszeli’s Eiswein grow on three terraces located at different levels. The vineyard is directly shielded by our cellar and faces north. In late autumn and winter, the microclimate is characterised by low temperatures, which is, of course, ideal for Eiswein. With its brilliantly shimmering, icy blue plumage, the kingfisher symbolises coldness and winter like no other bird. It is the “snow king” among the birds – not least because it does not leave in the cold season.

The kingfisher has become a rare treasure, just like our Grüner Veltliner Eiswein that we only produce in a very limited edition and only in very special years.

The vineyard for Grüner Veltliner Käferberg:

The kestrel circles high above the vines.

This small vineyard is framed by dog roses, berries and hazels and enriched by sunflowers, lilacs and an apricot tree. In the skies above, the kestrel watches its territory. It hovers above Käferberg to spot its prey. The paths between the vines allow it to see down to the ground, stop and touch down wherever it finds its meal. Strategically, a forest borders on Käferberg – from here, the kestrel starts its forays.

It is as proud and majestic as the Grüner Veltliner Käferberg that grows in its vineyard.

The vineyard for Riesling Steinmassl:

A little butterfly paradise.

Although the soil is meagre and stony, the vineyard Steinmassl is particularly rich in plants other than vines. Various herbs, Jerusalem artichokes, buckwheat, coneflowers, brooms and birthworts please the eye. In their diversity and abundance, they create an ideal habitat for Roman snails and butterflies. The southern festoon is a particularly frequent guest, flitting from flower to flower. This is hardly surprising since it feeds exclusively on birthworts that are hard to find outside the vineyard.

With its bright yellow wings, the southern festoon does not only add a pretty splash of colour, but also reminds of the fresh citrus note that, in addition to its terroir-specific minerality, makes Riesling Steinmassl so special.

The vineyard for Grüner Veltliner Steinhaus:

Where hares do not zigzag away.

Sun, loose soil and various tasty titbits – the Steinhaus vineyard offers hares everything they like. They nibble at vineyard peaches lying on the ground or dig up root vegetables. Wild herbs and beechnuts make their menu even more varied. Furthermore, sheltered corners in hedges and much exercise between the vine rows contribute to the rodents’ wellbeing. They are masters in the art of hiding. They retreat and only venture out again when you give them enough clear space.

Similarly, Grüner Veltliner Steinhaus offers fine minerality and tender fragrances for explorers with keen senses.

Schöntal, the vineyard for our rosé:

A – fortunately – very hungry bug.

The Schöntal vineyard where our rosé grows is bounded by a black locust forest to the north. It shelters the vineyard against cold winds and, moreover, attracts many insects. At Schöntal, one of our favourites is the ladybird. Thanks to its huge appetite, it is a particularly effective helper in biological pest control – what a good luck for the vines.

Jauntily, the ladybirds fly around and let their bright red wings flash in the sun. Our rosé tries to emulate it – with its translucent colour and the flavour of a summer wine that is as light as a feather.

The vineyard for Grüner Veltliner Purus – Kittmannsberg:

A popular outing destination and almost a home for roe deer.

The Kittmannsberg vineyard attracts many roe deer. On their extensive wanderings through forests and meadows, they very often visit this vineyard. Here they find a big elder shrub, blueberries, common dogwood and heather. We also set up special feeding places for them. Moreover, Elisabeth already nursed a few orphaned fawns with a bottle. The food available in the vineyard is so abundant that the roe deer hardly touch the vines. With their waste, they make an important contribution to the quality of the humus layer.

In their agility and powerful elegance, the roe deer of Kittmannsberg resemble the Grüner Veltliner Purus.

Next animal: The hoopoe

Next animal: The bee

Next animal: The green lizard

Next animal: The kingfisher

Next animal: The kestrel

Next animal: The southern festoon

Next animal: The hare

Next animal: The ladybird

Next animal: The roe deer

Gentle and purist –
our harvest and vinification

Rigorous selection and whole-bunch pressing for top quality

Already at harvest we proceed with great care. We are guided by nature: The grapes themselves specify the harvest date. Physiological maturity, colour, flavour, texture, appearance of the kernel - only when they reached the right level of maturity they are gathered, of course by hand, and placed in small buckets before being brought carefully to the winery's cellar in harvest boxes.

Without delay and without conveyor, the grapes are transferred directly from the boxes to the press. At a pressure of 1 bar, the whole bunches are gently pressed without any damage to the ridges. The pressure is so low that the ridges remain intact and do not surrender their bitterness.

The temperature-controlled fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks and preserves the full flavour. Subsequently, our single-site wines largely mature in oak barrels, which intensifies their rich, multi-faceted aroma.

Each wine gets as much time as it needs.

Each type of wine matures in a different way. Our Kamptal terrace wines mature for half a year before we offer them for sale, while our single-vineyard wines age for at least 24 months in the cellar before we release them. It is only in this way that great wines can further develop their potential. Thus, you can either enjoy them immediately or store them in the bottle for many more years.

Although we move with the times, for example by using state-of-the-art pneumatic presses, we do without fashionable vinification fads. We want to bring the terroir to the bottle in a pure and unadulterated form. The character of our Grüner Veltliner and Riesling wines grows in our vineyards and is not generated in the wine cellar.

Responsibility beyond the borders of our own vineyards.

Currently we support an AIDS orphanage in Itete in the south of Tanzania. Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in Africa. Itete is located off the main routes – a remote region lacking infrastructure where AIDS is a major problem. Many families, including children, are directly affected by this disease. Since 1989, the Nazareth Franciscan Community has been living in Itete to support the people in the region. It provides hands-on help and promotes AIDS prevention by raising awareness in a targeted way.

Further information (in German only) on the projects in Itete is available at: http://www.dialogmititete.at/

Our contribution is amongst other things used to finance the expenditure of the local health centre that is the only provider of health care in the region.

For us, our responsibility does not end at the borders of our own vineyards. We treat not only nature but also people with respect. Davis Weszeli, 2013