Hofkellerei des Fürsten von Liechtenstein

Leithaberg, Herrnbaumgartem & Herawingert

Hofkellerei des Fürsten von Liechtenstein translates to Court Cellar of the Prince of Liechtenstein, and is run by the royal family of Liechtenstein.

Their commitment is to create terroir-driven wines of internationally recognized top quality. This includes finely structured single vineyard wines such as the Pinot Noir from the 'Herawingert,' the new cuvées and Rieslings from the 'Karlsberg,' the youthful and fresh 'Clos Domaine' with Grüner Veltliner DAC, Rosé, and Zweigelt, elegant and enjoyable sparkling wines, as well as mineral-driven Blaufränkisch and Chardonnay from Leithaberg.

Organic Vineyard Management

Leithaberg, Burgenland

On the border with Hungary, the Leithaberg area is claimed to be one of the oldest winegrowing zones in the world, and the oldest in Cental Europe. The shell limestone – around 15 million years old – lends the wines a slightly salty note and an elegant character, while the slate imparts the desired tension and backbone. In terms of the climate, the warm winds of Lake Neusiedl ensure that the grapes achieve the key level of ripeness, while the mountains lend night-time coolness, which is expressed in the wines through their fruitiness, freshness, finesse and vibrancy.

The family owns single vineyars in Sankt Margarethen. The higher lying plateau has a mild slope of 1%, facing in a south-easterly direction. The wind is much stronger in this exposed location than in lower lying sites. As a result, the grapes are well aerated and the risk of rot is very low. The neighbouring Margarethen community forest serves to cool temperatures down in the evenings. This cooler climate is ideal for white wines, rich in finesse.

The soil consists of weathered mica slate and is predominantly free of lime. The name Lamer is derived from the topsoil, which consists of a thin layer of clay. This special soil composition produces wines with lots of freshness and subtle, smoky minerality.

Herrnbaumgarten, Weinviertel, Niederösterreich

Including the single vineyard sites of Karlsberg & Johannesberg, the vines are grown on calcareous, deeper layersof loess, salted with small limestonepearls from the onetime Danube Delta, tightly woven, fresh Riesling andopen, lush Grüner Veltliner ripen here,moulded by the Pannonian climatic influences.

The family has owned these vineyards for over 600 years

Vaduz, Herawingert, Liechtenstein

The Herawingert, with its four hectares of vineyards, is one of the best vineyards in the Rhine Valley; this is due to its southwestern exposure and the mild Föhn climate. Together with the soil conditions, these are ideal conditions for the cultivation of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

In 1699 Prince Hans Adam of Liechtenstein acquired the dominion of Schellenberg and in 1712 the county of Vaduz. On January 23, 1719, a diploma from Emperor Charles VI united the County of Vaduz and the Lordship of Schellenberg and elevated them to an Imperial Principality with the name Liechtenstein. The purchase of the Lordship of Schellenberg and the County of Vaduz was ratified by Emperor Charles VI on March 7, 1712