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.