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Castle Halbturn

The traditional winery is located in the municipality Halbturn Burgenland wine region Lake Neusiedl (Austria). Its history goes back to the year 1214, when the counts Poth in the parish Jois built the first vineyards of Hungarian-Altenburg through the purchase of 14 curiae. From 1527 the imperial court in Wien under Ferdinand I (1503-1564) was supplied by the estate with wine. The present castle was built in 1711 by the famous Baroque architect Lucas von Hildebrandt (1668-1745) and once served as the hunting and summer residence of the Austrian imperial family. Under Baron Paul Waldbott-Bassenheim 1960 vineyards were created in Halbturn for the first time. Today, the 40-hectare location of Austria is the largest privately owned.

In 2001, Markus Graf zu Kœnigsegg, a nephew of Baron Paul Waldbott-Bassenheim, took over the management of the Schlossweingut together with his wife Philippa. Together with a new, international team, the restructuring and reorientation began. Mediocre vineyards have been removed and replanted. At Jungenberg in Jois four hectares of new terraces were created. Due to the high planting density of 7,800 sticks per hectare, based on the large châteaux in Bordeaux and Burgundy, the natural competitiveness of the grapes is promoted. The winery was also rebuilt in the Bordelaiser style (Châi) and equipped with the latest technology. The cellar is run by St. Émilion's oenologist François-Xavier Gaboriaud. Operations manager is Markus Sieben.

The vineyards cover a total of 65 hectares of vineyards. In detail, these are 40 hectares in the large Wittmannshof (Halbturn), 10 hectares on Jungenberg (Jois) and 15 hectares on the slopes of the Leitha Mountains (Kleinhöflein). They are 90% with the red varieties Pinot Noir, St. Laurent, Blaufränkisch , Zweigelt, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, and planted to 10% with the white varieties Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. The cultivation of the vineyards takes place under consideration biodynamic Principles. The hand picked grapes are selected once before and once after the destemming berry for berry with 20 employees by hand.

The wine lines are clearly structured. The line "Schloss Halbturn" represents the varietal, qualitative top. The long-lived, terroir-embossed wines come from the best locations and are grown exclusively in French oak barrels and are subject to the quality criteria handpicked berries, twice selection in the cellar and fermentation in an open Holzgärständer . The line "Schloss Halbturn Impérial" are the top cuvées in white and red, in which international grape varieties are combined with the autochthonous leading varieties of Burgenland. The line "Schloss Halbturn Koenigsegg" represents the Burgenland variety type. The wines are regionally typical in stainless steel or large oak barrels or used barrique in the classic style.

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