The winery is located in the municipality Jois in the Burgenland wine region Lake Neusiedl (Austria). The family has been involved in viticulture for several generations. After long years of teaching and hiking in Europe and overseas (South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, California), Leo Hillinger (* 1967) took over the management of his parents' company in 1990. The property at that time comprised only one hectare of vineyards with a wine trade. Leo Hillinger carried out major structural reforms. A new production facility with the latest cellar technology, tasting longue and seminar room was built at a cost of six million euros and put into operation in May 2004. The production hall is one of the most modern wine-growing facilities in Europe. Wine seminars, wine cellar tours, wine tastings and vineyard picnics are organized.
In Parndorf, a "flagship store" was opened in the Designer Outlet in 2005, in which only their own wines are marketed. From 2011 to 2016, Austria and Germany were followed by further stores / lounges / bars in Salzburg, Wien (2), Kitzbühel, Linz and Munich. In 2008 a social project was started with the own label "Pink Ribbon" (a Secco sparkling wine) in aid of the Austrian Cancer Aid. The company is part of a foundation that is 100% owned by the Hillinger family.
The vineyards cover 80 hectares of vineyards in Jois (25 ha), Oggau (25 ha) and Rust (30 ha) among others in the vineyards Bandkräftn. Gmärk and Upper Forest. Around 60% of them are with the red wine varieties Blaufränkisch. Zweigelt. St. Laurent. Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot and Syrah, as well as around 40% with the white wine varieties Riesling. Green Valtellina. Sauvignon Blanc. Pinot Blanc. Chardonnay and Yellow muscatel planted. In 2010 the changeover to Organic-organic viticulture began. On average, 4,000 to 5,000 grapes are harvested per hectare, which corresponds to approximately one kg of grapes per Rebstock,
After many experiments, the company's philosophy emerged. The top quality of the grapes should non-invasive Cellar technology are made possible and in fruity Reflect crying. The selected grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks. French oak barrels are used for the barrique wines. The flagship is the red wine ICON HILL. Through rigorous selection, only one grape is processed per vine. The blend of grapes from the 36-month-old wine is a closely guarded secret of the house. Only 999 bottles are produced; the design comes from the star architect Zaha Hadid.
The top line "Hill" includes "Hill 1" (Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch , Merlot, Syrah), "Hill 2" (Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc) and "Hill 3" (Tockenbeerenauslese from Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc). White and red grape varietal wines are produced from all grape varieties. Products such as Secé sparkling wine and the “Small Hill” series (red, white, rosé, sweet) are aimed at young consumer groups. Leo Hillinger wines are also offered on cruise ships and on Austrian Airlines flights. The product range also includes Eiswein Brandies chocolate. vinegar and wine jelly, Around 450,000 bottles of wine are produced annually, of which around half are exported to 21 countries worldwide, including the USA and China.
With the Constantia Glen winery in the historic area Constantia in South Africa there is a joint venture. Two wines are produced here under the Constantia Hill brand name. The Constantia Hill white is a single variety Sauvignon Blanc, Constantia Hill made a cuvée Petit Verdot, Malbec ( Cot ) Merlot and Cabernet Franc, Leo Hillinger visits the site twice a year to vinify the wines himself.