Name for a former small, very steep vineyard in the community Dürnstein in the Lower Austrian winegrowing area Wachau, The name indicates the steepness of the slope. However, the vineyard above the garden hotel "Pfeffel" is no longer cultivated today. In the 1950s, the then "Winzergenossenschaft Wachau" - today's Domain Wachau - have the name protected and for a long time produced a brand name wine called "Dürnsteiner Katzensprung". Today, under the name "Wachauer Katzensprung" wines are produced, where the grapes can come from all over the Wachau. This also applies to the brand "Wachauer Himmelsstiege ".
A "Dürnsteiner cat jump" of the year 1954 made a contribution to the Austrian history. Even during the final negotiations on the State Treaty in Moscow, the Austrian delegation took a stone's throw as a gift. In connection with the signing of the treaty on May 15, 1955, "Dürnsteiner Katzensprung", "Dürnsteiner Flohhaxn "," Poysdorfer Saurüssel "and" Kremser Schmidt "official banquet wines. Riesling Dürnsteiner was in the evening in Schönbrunn Palace hollerin served. In the weeks before, the then Austrian Foreign Minister Leopold Figl (1902-1965) received numerous high-ranking guests from politics and diplomacy in the baroque jewel "Kellerschlössel" at the foot of the Keller mountain, Leopold Figl had a key to this cellar and the "Dürnstein catastrophe" was one of his favorite wines, Incidentally, there are still a few original bottles of this wine from 1954.
In 2005 there was a rebirth, as the wine cooperative Domain Wachau (then still FWW) made their contribution to the 50th anniversary with a specially vinified "Staatsvertragswein". One wanted to get the original wine from 1954 as close as possible. The grapes came from vineyards that are adjacent to the originally managed original situation skip. There, on October 26, 2004, the grapes of the variety Grüner Veltliner were read. Then came the difficult part of the vinification. The cellar technology of the past 50 years has changed significantly. Based on the original one decided for spontaneous fermentation with natural yeasts and expansion in the big wooden barrel,
The result was a dust-dry wine at 1.9 g residual sugar, 5.4% acid and 12.5% vol alcohol content, On March 31, 2005 in the Kellerschlössl under the bust of the former Foreign Minister in the historic "Figl-Eck" at the original wooden table, where Leopold Figl had sat at his nocturnal meetings, the solemn tasting. Then 10,000 bottles were filled with the wine. As part of the exhibitions "Austria is free" on the Schallaburg and "The new Austria" in the gallery Belvedere they were offered. Another 20,000 bottles with slightly lower alcohol content went into free trade. See also below Himmelsstiege,
Kellerschlössl: domain Wachau
State Treaty: © Austrian State Archives