The Chardonnay from the Klosterneuburg Monastery Wine Estate is characterized by finesse and elegance. Its light yellow-green colour, the fresh apple fruit aroma and the fine smoothness on the plate make it a thoroughly harmonious representative of its variety.
The best and healthiest grape material is used to produce this extract-rich wine. Cool fermentation brings out a typically Austrian character resulting in a glowingly vibrant wine with hints of apples and nuts, but do not expect any wood flavors.
Appetizers, asparagus, fish, Asian noodle dishes, vegetables
Variety: Chardonnay 100%
Origin: Austria, Wien
Suggested Serving Temperature: 11° - 13° C
Recommended Stem: Zalto Whitewine
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The History of the Estate:
THE OLDEST AND LARGEST WINERY IN AUSTRIA
Upon completing the construction of the Klosterneuburg monastery in 1114, Leopold III, Margrave of Austria founded the institution's winery. Wine from the monastery's vineyards was drunk at the inauguration ceremony of the basilica in 1136. Viticulture played a prominent roll throughout the long history of Stift Klosterneuburg. A nearly 800-year-old tradition makes the Stift Klosterneuburg winery the oldest in Austria. In addition to that it is also the largest. More than one hundred hectares of vineyards are currently in yield and dispersed between three wine-growing areas: the “Grosslage” Klosterneuburg with vineyards directly in the vicinity of the winery, Vienna with vineyards in the Kahlenberg district and in the Thermenregion wine-growing area with extensive vineyards near the villages of Gumpoldskirchen and Tattendorf. Ecological soil management, organic fertilization, and cultivation methods that encourage beneficial insects are an integral part of the environmentally conscious vineyard management principles for the monastery's entire properties. Uncompromising quality standards and innovation are combined with a rich tradition in efforts to develop Austrian wine culture. A superb example of this is the foundation of the world's first viniculture college initiated by the Augustinian Cannons in 1860. The Federal College of Viticulture and Pomology Klosterneuburg (Höhere Bundeslehranstalt für Wein und Obstbau Klosterneuburg) continues to be a leading international institution for research and education. WINE OF PRIME TERROIR
The diversity of soils and microclimatic conditions in the vineyards makes it possible for the Weingut Stift Klosterneuburg to cultivate several different grape varieties in their ideal terroir. The slopes of Klosterneuburg are dominated by sandstone and loess soils on which Grüner Veltliner, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc thrive. The sites on in the Kahlenberg district of Vienna are comprised of clay and loam and offer ideal preconditions for Pinot Blanc (Weissburgunder), Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir. The vineyards of Gumpoldskirchen south of Vienna exhibit calcareous brown podzolic soil, ideal for the autochthon varieties Zierfandler and Rotgipfler. The outstanding red wines of Stift Klosterneuburg are sourced from St. Laurent, Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot which thrive on the warm gravely soils near Tattendorf.
SUSTAINABLE VINEYARD MANAGEMENT
The vineyard manager Markus Schodl has developed a vineyard strategy that is adapted to fit each individual site ideally. This vineyard program includes measures for revitalizing the soil, specialized canopy management, promotion of biodiversity within the vineyard as well as preservation and exploration of old vine material. 1.) Soil revitalization
The goal of soil revitalization is the improvement of nutrient balance and organic activity. Cover crops provide aeration and stabilization of the soil surface. The choice of plants used for cover crops varies according to each site and its soil. Composted grape pomace helps to improve humus content and soil composition on a long-term basis. 2.) Canopy management
Canopy management provides advantageous exposure of the fruit zone and well-aerated leaf surface area for photosynthesis. This management system is adapted to each site, vine age and grape variety. Manual care of each vine by experienced vineyard specialist plays an essential role in this department. 3.) Promotion of biodiversity
Another focus of activity in the vineyard is use of plant-derived preparations to enhance disease resistance. This helps to limit the need of chemical-synthetic plant protection substances. Crop cover between the vines improves soil structure and biodiversity. 4.) Preservation of valuable vine material
The Stift Klosterneuburg vineyards include some very old vines that were planted long before the years that vines were trained for high yields. These vines are currently being observed and assessed in detail. The goal of this work is to isolate and select vine material that has thrived in these sites for decades for purposes of propagation and future plantings. This will help enhance the unique character and terroir of the Stift Klosterneuburg wines in the future.
St. Laurent: our specialty St. Laurent enjoys a special position among all the red wines of Weingut Stift Klosterneuburg. This variety was first planted in Klosterneuburg in 1890 and spread throughout the rest of Austria's wine-growing areas from here. A total vineyard area of 40 ha is cultivated in Tattendorf, south of Vienna. The Ried Stiftsbreite is not only the largest St. Laurent vineyard in Austria, but in the entire world.
THE CULTURAL AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY OF STIFT KLOSTERNEUBURG
The Stift Klosterneuburg is one of Austria's most important cultural treasures and plays a prominent public roll. Opportunities for cultural encounters include daily guided tours of the artistic treasures of the monastery (“The Sacred Path”, “The Imperial Road”) as well as specialised tours and a lively Summer Academy. A myriad of concerts, exhibitions, guided tours through the monastery gardens and an opera (also for children) round out a broad cultural programme. The Stift Klosterneuburg makes an active effort to fulfil its social responsibility. For this reason, ten percent of the profits made by Stift Klosterneuburg are donated to charity. Among other things, Stift Klosterneuburg offers financial and organizational support for Father Georg Sporschill's many projects such as those to help the street children of Romania and Moldavia.
This product was added to our catalog on Monday 13 April, 2009.