Salomon Undhof

Fraternal twins Bert and Fay Salomon are the 9th generation to take over their family’s historic winery, a pillar of quality in the Wachau Valley since 1792. One of the oldest family-owned wineries in Austria, they were the first to export their wines to the United States in the 1930s and are founding members of the Traditionsweingüter Österreich, the group tasked with classifying Austria’s most important vineyards in a system resembling that of Burgundy. Salomon’s top vineyard sites, perched on south-facing terraces along the Danube River, are all designated Erste Lage ÖTW, or Grand Cru, which might please the Capuchin Monks who planted them should they have lived long enough to find out. Like their father, Bert Salomon Sr., Fay and Bert believe that great wines are made from living soils and don’t wear makeup. The path to a beautiful bottle is through meticulous, environmentally conscious care in the vineyard and thoughtful work in the cellar. Cover crops are grown between rows to maintain vital soils and encourage biodiversity, and under-vine management is done manually, without the use of sprays (there has been no use of herbicides in more than a decade). Sheep’s wool is hung to repel hungry deer from the nearby forrest, and natural pheromones are used to prevent destruction by a local butterfly. The wine is handled gently in the cellar – not manipulated, but rather protected – as it reaches toward a pure expression of its time and place. The Salomons farm 30 hectares of vines in and around Stein in the Kremstal DAC, almost all of it Grüner Veltliner from deep loess soil and Riesling from primary rock terraces.  The clarity and pure fruit of their traditional wines never gets tired, but for Bert and Fay there’s always room for something new – don’t miss their “Wolke für Zwei” (Cloud for Two) Riesling pet nat and perfectly savory “Alma” amphora Riesling.
"So good for so long, it's easy to overlook Salomon Undhof, whose deeply mineral and transparent wines are some of the country's most profound. Elegant and refined are words that come to mind. These wines dazzle with their quiet, staid solidity." - Raj Parr & Jordan Mackay, The Sommelier's Atlas of Taste

Wines

Gruner Veltliner Hochterrassen

Varietal: Gruner Veltliner

Color: White

Farming Practice: Sustainable

Sourced from high-altitude terraces in Stein and Krems. From the youngest GV vines of the estate, up to 25 years, planted in loess soils on terraces overlooking the Danube. Hand-harvested and destemmed into pneumatic press. 3-4 weeks of cold soak and 2 months sur lie.

Gruner Veltliner Reserve Ried Lindberg 1ÖTW

Varietal: Gruner Veltliner

Color: White

Farming Practice: Sustainable

Kremstal DAC Reserve. Erste Lage ÖTW (Grand Cru). The estates oldest GV vines at 70-80 years. Deep deposits of loess over slate stretch between the Kögl and Wachtberg vineyards above the city of Krems and overlooking the Danube. Harvested by hand and raised in stainless steel.

Gruner Veltliner Wieden 

Varietal: Gruner Veltliner

Color: White

Farming Practice: Sustainable

Kremstal DAC. From Wieden, the only remaining vineyard within Krems-Stein city limits, plus a small parcel of the same clone planted on the terraces of the Kremser Kreuzberg. 25 year old vines on loess soils with sand and stone. Harvested by hand and vinified in stainless steel with native yeasts.

Riesling Amphora ‘Alma’

Varietal: Riesling

Color: White

Farming Practice: Sustainable

100% Riesling. From the Grillenparz vineyard. Conglomerate soils of Danube riverbed pebbles. Harvested by hand and fermented on the mash in amphorae. Racked off the skins and bottled after Easter of the year following harvest.

Riesling Reserve Ried Pfaffenberg 1ÖTW

Varietal: Riesling

Color: White

Farming Practice: Sustainable

Kremstal DAC Reserve. Erste Lage ÖTW (Grand Cru). The family’s oldest Riesling vines outside the Kögl vineyard, at 60-80 years old. Gneiss and granite soils on steep south-facing terraces above the Danube. Hand harvested and fermented in stainless steel with native yeasts.

Riesling Ried Kogl 1ÖTW

Varietal: Riesling

Color: White

Farming Practice: Sustainable

Kremstal DAC Reserve. Erste Lage ÖTW (Grand Cru). The family’s oldest Riesling holdings are here and in the Pfaffenberg, with vines ranging from 60-70 years old. Heavily weathered bedrock soils (gneiss and schist) on south-facing terraces above the Danube. Hand harvested and fermented in stainless steel with native yeasts. Bert Jr analyzed the soil here parcel by parcel as part of his master’s thesis and plans to experiment with micro ferments of parcels where the soils vary.

Riesling Terrassen

Varietal: Riesling

Color: White

Farming Practice: Sustainable

From the younger Riesling vines, up to 25 years old, planted on primary rock (gneiss) terraces. Harvested by hand and fermented in stainless steel with native yeasts.

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