Term for a former small, very steep vineyard in the municipality Dürnstein in the Lower Austrian wine region Wachau, The name indicates the steepness of the slope. The vineyard above the garden hotel "Pfeffel" is no longer cultivated today. In the 1950s, the then "Wachau Wine Cooperative" had - today Wachau domain - Have the name protected and for a long time produce a branded wine called "Dürnsteiner Katzensprung". Today, wines are produced under the name "Wachau Katzensprung", in which the grapes can come from all over the Wachau. This also applies to the “Wachauer Himmelsstiege ".
A “Dürnsteiner Katzensprung” from 1954 made a contribution to Austrian history. During the final negotiations on the State Treaty in Moscow, the Austrian delegation was just a stone's throw away as a guest gift. In connection with the signing of the State Treaty on May 15, 1955 were "Dürnsteiner Katzensprung", "Dürnsteiner Flohhaxn "," Poysdorfer Sour proboscis ”and“ Kremser Schmidt “official banquet wines. In the evening at Schönbrunn Palace Riesling became Dürnsteiner hollerin served. In the weeks before, the then Austrian Foreign Minister Leopold Figl (1902-1965) received several 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 “Dürnsteiner Katzensprung” was one of his favorite wines, By the way, there are still a few original bottles of this wine from 1954.
In 2005 there was a rebirth as the wine cooperative Wachau domain (at that time still FWW) made their contribution to the 50th anniversary of the signing with a specially vinified "State Treaty Wine". They wanted to get as close as possible to the original wine from 1954. The grapes came from vineyards that are adjacent to the original cultivated area just a stone's throw away. There the grapes of the variety Grüner Veltliner were harvested on October 26, 2004. Then came the difficult part of vinification. Basement technology has changed significantly over the past 50 years. Based on the original, the decision was made for spontaneous fermentation with natural yeasts and expansion in large wooden barrel,
The result was a dust dry wine with 1.9 g residual sugar, 5.4% acid and 12.5% vol alcohol content, The ceremonial tasting took place 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 during his nightly meetings. Then 10,000 bottles were filled with the wine. These were offered as part of the exhibitions “Austria is free” at the Schallaburg and “Das neue Österreich” at the Belvedere gallery. Another 20,000 bottles with slightly less alcohol content went into free trade. See also under Himmelsstiege,
Kellerschlössl: Domain Wachau
State Treaty: © Austrian State Archives