Born in Stuttgart Robert Aldwin Schlumberger (1814-1879) was the founder of the famous Austrian winery. He learned in Reims at the oldest champagne house Ruinart Père et Fils the art of champagne making. On a Rhine trip he met his future wife Sophie Kirchner, gave up his secure position in Reims and moved in 1842 to Wien . In a cellar in the Vienna district of Josefstadt, he made first attempts with Lower Austrian wines. In 1843 he acquired his first vineyards as the still existing vineyards Goldeck in Bad Vöslau in the Thermenregion, There he planted first in the heartland Austria the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot for red wines in oak barrels.
As a result, Robert Aldwin Schlumberger began producing sparkling wine with bottle fermentation after the Méthode champenoise which at that time was also protected from today's origin outside of France champagne was allowed to call. As he had learned in France, he pressed this white from the red variety Blue Portuguese (Blanc de noirs). On June 17, 1846 Schlumberger's "Vöslauer white sparkling wine" was presented for the first time. It was a phenomenal success and was exported from 1850 to all European countries to Turkey, India, Australia and North America. Schlumberger products were also used in the circumnavigation of the Austrian ship "Novara" from 1857 to 1859.
At the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, there was no world-class hotel or luxury passenger ship that did not carry sparkling wine and Schlumberger wine. The products were considered equal to the big French. The name "Vöslauer Goldeck" is the oldest protected wine brand in Austria. In 1878 Schlumberger received for his merits the title Edler von Goldeck. His heirs continued the winery. The turmoil of the Second World War was reasonably well over. In 1973, the traditional company became part of the Underberg family business and a corporation with headquarters in Bad Vöslau and in Wien Heiligenstadt. In October 2009 were from the champagne competitors Kattus 100% of the shares of Hochriegl Wein- und Sektkellerei GmbH including production machines and all brands taken over. In mid-2014 Underberg sold the share package to entrepreneur Frederik Paulsen.
It produces a wide range of cults according to the champagne method. This is done under the traditional name "Schlumberger" in white and rosé (Welschriesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir) and under "Goldeck" as varietal Grüner Veltliner sparkling wine. The base wines for the sparkling wine production from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Welschriesling, Pinot Blanc and Veltliner are from Around 400 Austrian partner winemakers moved in, there are also grapes purchased. By the so-called Winery point at the bottom of the bottle Schlumberger guarantees the traditional production with a manual remuage (Shaking by hand).
From the vineyard in Bad Vöslau there is exclusively for the gastronomy the red wine "Schlumberger Privatkeller" (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon). From the grapes of the in-house vineyard in Bad Vöslau with about ten hectares of vines is exclusively for the gastronomy of the red wine "private cellar" (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc) pressed. This farm is a member of the vintners' association Tu Felix Austria, The base wines for the brand "Hochriegl" come from the Weinviertel, mainly around Poysdorf as well as from Burgenland (District Andau). The annual production of the house is around 5.5 million bottles of sparkling wine.