Geologically similar to neighbouring Wachau, Krems and its surroundings are situated mainly on soils of weathered primary rock. This is the case with well-known vineyards such as Pfaffenberg and Steiner Hund, which produce elegant, minerally wines; or similarly, Senftenberg and its surrounding wine villages along the river Krems, where truly individual wines are created. Completely different, however, are the vineyards to the east, which yield round, full-bodied wines. We ship Stadt Krems and Stift Goettweg from Kremstal.
Weingut Stadt Krems boasts more than 550 years of history, making it one of the oldest wine producers in the whole of Europe. Since July 2003 it has been managed by a young, innovative team directed by Fritz Miesbauer. Its flagships are Riesling and Grüner Veltliner (over 90%), and all wines are sealed with a Vinolok. Fritz and the team cultivate 31 hectares of vineyards on the estate, whose holdings are exclusively on the best terraced locations of the city of Krems. Grüner Veltliner leads the plantings on the loess soil vineyards to the east of the city. To the west, bordering the Wachau, the landscape is mainly formed of small terraces on steep mountain slopes of gneiss and slate. This is where the vineyards of Pfaffenberg, Grillenparz, Wachtberg and Kögl are located. Riesling leads the way here, with good Grüner Veltliner also grown.
High in the hills across the Danube River between Krems and Dürnstein stands one of the most amazing buildings you will ever see. What a discovery it was, when we finally made our way across there to find out more about this breathtaking monastery. Home to winemaking activity since 1094, fabulous vineyard holdings and none other than Fritz Miesbauer in charge of vinous ventures. I first met Fritz back when he was the driving force behind the revitalisation of Domäne Wachau. After his prodigious achievements there, he moved to Stadt Krems, and now operates the Stift Göttweig winery in tandem. The Goettweiger Berg GV is a winner year in, year out and makes for a terrifically expressive ‘first Grüner’ on any list.