The winery is located in the Free City Rust in the Burgenland (Austria). The Freihof dates from the 15th century and is World Heritage UNESCO. The company is managed by Erich and Claudia Giefing. Erich Giefing ran the award-winning restaurant "Backstube" in Rust and has been dedicated to viticulture since the mid-1990s. The vineyards cover 16 hectares of vineyards in the vineyards Bandkräftn. Gemärk, Rieglband, outline and forest. They are 90% like red wines Blaufränkisch (50%), Zweigelt. Pinot Noir. Syrah. Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot and St. Laurent, as well as 10% with the white wine varieties Chardonnay. Furmint. Riesling. Pinot gris and Neuburger planted.
The oldest vines ( Blaufränkisch ) are over 60 years old. In the nature-oriented production is based on the use of herbicides and insecticides renounced and successful the disrupter applied. Each vine is checked several times from spring to fall to direct it in the desired direction. It will shoots broken out and excess grapes removed to a maximum physiological maturity to get. Depending on the growth and texture of vine and grape, a maximum of six to eight grapes Rebstock leave. The average achieved thereby earnings is extremely low 30 hl / ha.
The vinification of the wines is under the operating philosophy, not cheap wines, but to produce wines with individual, characterful style away from any mainstream with the taste of the region. They are depending on the type of wine in stainless steel tanks or barriques expanded. The flagship of the house is the 26 months in new barriques developed red wine cuvée "Cardinal" ( Blaufränkisch , Zweigelt, CS). Other premium wines are Blaufränkisch Reserve, Pinot Noir Cavallo, St. Laurent Reserve and the cuvée "Marco Polo" (Syrah, Merlot, CS). This top line is only produced in particularly good years. In weather suitable years is also the Ruster outbreak vinified. The artist labels designed the painter Gerhard Almbauer. In addition, also bottle-fermented sect. vinegars ) (Spicy vinegar, drinking vinegar ) generated. The winery is a member of the associations Renowned wineries Burgenland (WARC) and Cercle Ruster outbreak,