The estate is located in the municipality of Welgersdorf in the Burgenland wine-growing region Eisenberg (Austria). Uwe Schiefer was in the catering trade as a waiter and sommelier works in renowned Viennese restaurants, including the Steirereck. After visiting the Wine Academy Austria in Rust he founded his own winery in 1990. His motto is "The wine defines itself in the vineyard without exception" . According to the operating philosophy "less is more", almost no technology is used in the vineyard and in the vinification process to ensure the character of the terroirs and to highlight the grape variety.
The vineyards cover 20 hectares of vineyards in the vineyards Carnival, Hummergraben, Croatian Ried, Reihburg, Saybritz, Szapary and Zudelgraben on the Eisenberg, on the Tschaterberg (south-western foothills of the Eisenberg), Königsberg and Hannersberg (Hannersdorf) as well as in the municipality of Markt Neuhodis. There are other vineyards in the wine-growing areas Mittelburgenland (4.5 hectares in Lutzmannsburg) and Leithaberg, Some of these are partly ancient steep slopes have been painstakingly recultivated. The main variety is the Blaufränkisch with 92% share. The rest is with Merlot and Pinot Noir, as well as the white wine varieties Riesling. Green Valtellina, Pinot Blanc ( Pinot Blanc ) and Riesling planted. Environmentally friendly, bio-organic farming takes place. Particular attention is paid to the optimal time of pruning. thin out and vintage placed.
There will be none enzymes, Breeding yeast or other aids. On filtration and beautiful is waived. In principle, the wines are made with yeasts from the vineyard fermented spontaneously and slowly ripen on wooden barrels of different sizes yeast according to the company's own motto "pure slate" - a dogmatic purism. The flagship of the house is the "Blaufränkisch Reihburg", which can be stored for 20 years and more and which is selected from vines up to 80 years old large wooden barrels is expanded. Other premium wines include "Blaufränkisch Szapary", "Blaufränkisch Königsberg old vineyards" and "Blaufränkisch vom blau Schiefer" from the Eisenberg region or "Blaufränkisch Lutzmannsburg vv" and "Blaufränkisch Leithaberg hoad" from Mittelburgenland and Neusiedler See. There are also different ones Frizzante, bottle-fermented sparkling wine, Noble fires. grape juice, Apple juice, paprika powder and pumpkin seed oil.
The wine portfolio should be streamlined in the future, the new top wine will be the "Eisenberg", one assemblage the best plots, best locations and oldest grapes. The two top winemakers Bartolo Mascarello ( Barolo, Italy) and Jean Louis Chave ( Hermitage, France). This path towards even more uncompromising quality should also be made possible or supported by the partnership with the Munich entrepreneur Hans Kilger and the newly founded Schiefer & Domaines Kilger GmbH & Co KG.
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