Schiefer gets its name not from slate in the soil, but rather from its location on the Schiffberg. It is one of our oldest vineyard sites (»Weinrieden«), and was first officially mentioned in 1318, with conglomerate and weathered primeval rock. From this vantage point, Danube boatmen were warned by means of flags and fire about possible dangers on the then three-armed river, as well as any potential attack by pirates.
Ried Tabor is one of Austria’s most interesting vineyards, because the Grüner Veltliner vines are the oldest vines from Austria, have remained ungrafted, growing on their own rootstocks. They were planted close to the Danube River in sandy soil, which enabled them to survive the devastating phylloxera catastrophe (since 1872) of the nineteenth century – and are undoubtedly the last of their kind in the country.
Forstreiter’s vines in the Neuberg are planted on small, southerly-exposed terraces in loess soils over a layer of weathered calcareous rock.