The small named after the eponymous municipality valley is located west of Haugsdorf in the north of the wine-growing region Weinviertel in Lower Austria, Probably there was already here at the beginning of the first millennium viticulture. This is guaranteed for the year 1140, when the Knights of Malta were given land with grapevines in "Mourberg". At this historic site today is the Schlossweingut Maltese Order of Knights operated. The area is formed, so to speak, as an island on the southeast slopes of the Buchberg. It has a very special and excellent for viticulture microclimate with intense sunlight, which also favors the red wine production.
The vineyards on very calcareous soil with clay and sand cover about 280 hectares of vineyards, which are cultivated by 140 winegrowers. It dominates with 80% share the leader Green Valtellina, followed by the Weißwse varieties Pinot Blanc ( Pinot Blanc ) Sauvignon Blanc. Riesling and Chardonnay as well as the red wines Zweigelt. Blue Portuguese. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, Well-known vineyards are Antlassbergen (Atlassbergen), Blickbergen, The old bonder, hangers, butt houses, high rivers, Hundschupfen, Maasgrund, Neudeggen, Rosenpoint, Saazen, Weidenthal, Zeiselbergen and Zwerch Bonder. Known Mailberger producers are Hagn Wolfgang. Schlossweingut Maltese Order of Knights and Zens Josef, In Mailberg, the first vineyard in Lower Austria was planted in 1982 with the variety Cabernet Sauvignon.
Winegrowers from the six communities Albern, Dürnleis, Hart, Kleinbaumgarten, Kleinweikersdorf and Mailberg have come together under the brand name "Mailberg Valley" and produce quality wines with "controlled origin" based on French appellation models (comparable to Chablis) on around 150 hectares of vineyards. The seal of approval on the label is an old view of Mailberg Castle, which is owned by the Knights of Malta. It guarantees that a wine comes from the Mailberger vineyards and the typical characteristics with spiciness, fullness, wholesomeness and optimal physiological maturity having. The wine must come 100% from Mailberger Rieden, the management according to the guidelines of the controlled and integrated pest management (KIP) meet the requirements of State test number For quality wines as well as passing the exam through a strict internal cost commission.
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