The traditional winery is located in the community Gumpoldskirchen in the winegrowing area Thermenregion (Lower Austria). It is one of the oldest wine farms Austria, Shortly before his death margrave Leopold IV (1108-1141) - son of Leopold III. the saint - a gift. He solemnly handed over the Cistercians The monastery Heiligenkreuz "for all time" the village Thallern, which was then inhabited by fourteen families. The property included six hooves (Huben), eight and a half vineyards and four farms. The place name is due to the word valley (the estate is located in a gentle hollow).
Since October 18, 1141, it has been managed in uninterrupted succession until 2009 by the monastic order. The winegrowing village was converted according to spiritual regulation to a Grangie (from Latin grangium = storehouse), ie to a religious estate, which was edited by lay brothers. The Saint John the Baptist was revered as patron of the Grangien Chapel, which was built in the main building. The Cistercian monks designed the winery on the model of the famous Clos de Vougeot in the French area Burgundy, The possessions in the Burgenland wine-growing region Lake Neusiedl in the three vineyard communities Mönchhof, Podersdorf and Winden have been leased for a long time.
The winery has been run jointly since 2009 by three well-known Austrian winemakers and an internationally experienced wine expert. These are the Styrian winemaker Erich Polz who leased the winery, as well as the two thermal winery Karl Alphart (where the white wines are vinified) and Leopold Aumann (where the red wines are vinified). Willibald Balanjuk is responsible for the marketing.
The vineyards cover 30 hectares of vineyards in, for example, the vineyards Ronald, student and the already 1274 documentary mentioned cradle. The soils consist predominantly of shell limestone weathering brown earth. They are 60% with the white wine varieties Zierfandler. Rotgipfler. Riesling, Pinot Gris ( Pinot Gris ), Pinot Blanc ( Pinot Blanc ) and Chardonnay, as well as to 40% with the red wine varieties Pinot Noir ( Pinot Noir ) St. Laurent and Zweigelt planted. There is a very close to nature, environmentally friendly management, with the highest vitality is placed on the soil vitality. The wines are in terms of regional and varietal expanded. Among the premium wines include altar wine (Cuvée from Rotgipfler, Pinot Blanc, Riesling), Rotgipfler, Zierfandler The cradle, St. Laurent Ronald and Pinot Noir. There are also brandies ( yeast. rape, Fruits), as well as a bottle-fermented sparkling wine (Grüner Veltliner).