This small estate is intent on making grüner veltliner that goes beyond the grape's classic character and focuses more intently on expressing an individual terroir. It is run by Maissau wine expert Josef M Schuster, and the wines are made by Ewald Gruber, whose family has been making excellent wines in this region for three generations.
The 'schloss', or castle, itself was first recorded in the 13th century, but has existed in its current form since 1870, and sits right in the centre of the vines. These are planted on the south-east-facing granite slopes of the Manhartsberg mountain range in the Maissau region, which is situated to west of the Weinviertel in north-eastern Austria.
The climate is very dry, which causes the vines to dig deeper into the soil, imparting more delicate, complex character to the grapes. It can also result in a more mineral style of grüner veltliner, something which the wine we buy from this property illustrates beautifully.