The education center for fruit and viticulture and winery Silberberg lies in Kogelberg near Leibnitz in the südsteiermark (Austria). The name comes from the former owner Count Heinrich von Silberberg. By marrying into the family of the Lords of Leibnitz Count Heinrich von Silberberg came in 1331 to the site of today's College of Viticulture. In the last third of the 19th century, the wrong arrived mildew and the phylloxera also in the Styria and destroyed many vineyards. For the purpose of developing measures and training, the estate was bought by the then Styrian Landtag in 1895 for 19,000 guilders to build a provincial vineyard and a training center for the winemakers of the region.
In the 1st republic (1918-1938) farms in need of economic help were caught by the province of Styria and continued to be used as state goods. Silberberg is divided into the areas of fruit and viticulture school and state vineyard. In Silberberg is also one of the test centers for the State test number probelms. In 1985, the five Styrian state properties Silberberg, Kitzeck, Schlossberg, Remschnigg and Glanz were united to the "Styrian Landesweingut Silberberg". This year, a new white wine cellar was built. Responsible for the operation are oenologist Ing. Reinhold Holler, butler Klaus Fischer and master wine maker Johann Schwarz. The picture shows the site of the Fachhochschule Silberberg with all outbuildings such as school, boarding school, cellar and workshops. Above it are the vineyards Glaser and quarry.
The vineyards cover about 26 hectares, 90% of which are white varieties Riesling. Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc ( Pinot Blanc ) Chardonnay ( Morillon ) muscatel, Pinot Gris ( Pinot gris ) Riesling, Rivaner ( Müller-Thurgau ) Muscaris and Souvignier Gris, as well as 10% with the red wines Zweigelt and Cabernet Jura are planted. The natural management is done without herbicides, In the location meletin takes place in the municipality Leutschach on the wine route Organic viticulture according to the rules of ECOVIN and annual checks Austria Organic Warranty, Here grow up Opokböden the Organic wines in red and white. A peculiarity in the large location Sausal are ten hectares small terraces which are processed using a specially developed steep slope management model. In support of the young plants were on some terraces artificial irrigation systems (Drip irrigation) built.
For pressing only grapes from their own vineyards. The wines are available in three lines. The "classic wines" are expanded without using wood. For strong wines, such as Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Blanc old wooden barrels are included in the expansion. The "vineyard wines" from the Sausal around Kitzeck the layers quarry (classic in stainless steel tank ), Trebia ( big wooden barrel ) and Annaberg (used large wooden barrel) are removed separately. The line "BoS" = Best of Silberberg ( Barrique ) is produced only in special years. The red wines are matured in 2006 built red wine cellar in 300-liter barrique or large wooden barrel.
There are also bottle fermented sect. Frizzante (Sparkling wines), sweet chestnuts (chestnuts), fruit juices, vinegar, Oil, Verjus and at Landesgut Remschnigg Edelbrände ( rape. Wine. fruit, Rowanberry, Medlar, Nut etc.) and marketed in their own shop. In 1995, a 1.5-kilometer wine trail was built through the school vineyard. There will be guided tours and commented tastings for groups, walks along the wine route through the school vineyards and in cooperation with the Wine Academy Austria Seminars offered. From 2020, the state winery was the management of the Episcopal wine cellar Seggau accepted.