Category Archives: Soil

Biologischer Kompost

Our way to sustainable farming, organic, biodynamic

The View From the Outside When I came back from my internship in California in 1999, I had a clear goal in mind. I was impressed by the way Americans thought big; I was disillusioned by the copies, wineries that recreated Bordeaux or Tuscany – they felt like Disneyland. Anyone who has been to one […]

Weingarten Neckenmarkt Bodigraben

Der Neckenmarkter Weingarten

bei der Lese in Neckenmarkt Schon als Kind beeindruckten mich die Neckenmarkter Weingärten. Im Gegensatz zu Horitschon wirken sie viel verspielter. Mit ihren Hängen „auf und ab“ könnte man sie auch als dramatisch bezeichnen. Wo Horitschons Weingärten beruhigend auf mich wirken, bringen mir die Neckenmarkter Lagen ein animierendes Gefühl. Auch meine Großmutter besaß wie viele Horitschoner […]

reduction oxidation, expansion concentration

Reduction and oxidation in wine.

The Power of Reduction and Oxidation in Wine, for a better understanding what reductive strengt or anti-oxidative power works in wine. When we switched our soil work to organic, the thing we observed was an increase in reduction potential in our wines. It was back in vintage 2005 to 2007, when we had to learn […]

Franz im Schilf

Reduction to maximum, less is more

Foto: Markus Oberndorfer  When you work with nature and its complexity, you quickly realize that you will not explore everything in your lifetime. Specially for viticulture, where one has only once a year the chance to learn form his experiences and experiments . To understand more of my vineyards, I began to reduce my possibilities.  We do […]

Hochäcker Boden


Loam Hochäcker is among the oldest sites in Horitschon. Its rockless, hard, and loamy substratum is interspersed with iron, which is characteristic of traditional Blaufränkisch soil. Our forty-year-old vines produce highest quality grapes every harvest. Blaufränkisch Red berry fruit, delicate forest berries, subtle notes of cherry, spices, and tobacco. Freshly structured on the palate. A […]

Kirchholz Boden


Loam and Gneiss The Kirchholz site borders directly on the Hochäcker site. Only a field path separates them, and yet on this side, the upper soil layer consisting of loam and sandy gravel can be as thick as half a meter, which enhances drainage. In its composition of clay and loam the subsoil is similar […]



Loam A slightly southeastern-facing ridge. The site with the heaviest and deepest loamy topsoil and a very high clay content. Here is where our Blaufränkisch vines planted in 1960 grow. The soil is rich in iron, which can be seen clearly in the rust-brown patches throughout. The dense loamy layer always provides the roots with […]

Saybritz Boden


Slate In Greataunt Emma Schürmann’s little vineyard – the best site on Eisenberg – Blaufränkisch grapes have grown for 45 years on a blue and green slate substratum beneath heavily calcareous clayey loamy soil. What the land and its people bring forth on this steep southern slope has awakened the desire in us to tap […]


Limestone Surrounded by eighteenth-century mulberry trees, this south-facing site lies at an elevation of 360 meters above sea level. It is located in Ritzing, making it the most westerly vineyard of Central Burgenland. Climatically it is our coolest site; the soil and the southern orientation, however, provide warmth. In former times quicklime was produced here, […]