In the southernmost part of Burgenland, and not far from the Eisenberg, one encounters the Csaterberg. Where rocks that are millions of years old engage with a very special microclimate, where wines of unique & distinctive stylistic character are vinified.
The Csaterberg forms the southwestern spur of the Eisenberg and folds itself further-on into the hill country of Südburgenland. The forty-hectare Csaterberg is sheathed on all sides by dense woodlands, which provide the vines with protection against any extremes of climate. Because of the surrounding forests, the Csaterberg enjoys a special microclimate and therefore offers optimum conditions for the cultivation of white grape varieties. Wines from the Csaterberg are still relatively unknown and often difficult to obtain, as the winegrowing establishments are often too small and the wine is consumed in-house or is perhaps served in the local taverns. Groszer Wein would like to change that now and introduce the Csaterberg to wine lists in Austria, as well as those of many export countries.
The soils of the vineyards Ried Kleincsater & Ried Hochcsater vineyards are laced with freshwater opals, formed 7–8 million years ago when the region lay still submerged in a freshwater lake. Some vineyards were already mentioned in official records in the sixteenth century, and as Groszer wine, we cultivate one of the first documented vineyards in Südburgenland, which has been owned by the Erdödy family since the 16th century and is regarded as the birthplace of viticulture in Südburgenland. The two-hectare ‘large’ vineyards of the Erdödy family are planted to Welschriesling, Weissburgunder, Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc – married together in our white »Küvee Csaterberg Weisz«.
After harvesting the grapes by hand, cellar master Markus Bach left the grapes for the Csaterberg Weisz on their skins for twenty-four hours in order to transmit the sublime aromatic material in the skins into the wine. After pressing, the wine fermented with wild yeasts in 500 & 300 litre casks.
The complex aromatic arc of this wine is fascinating, narrating an intricate tale: four different varieties, the slate soil, the freshwater opals, the long dry spell & the cool autumn. On the palate, the Küvee is seductive and charming: invitingly rounded and yet showing a tightly woven mineral structure.
Another special feature of the Csaterberg is the old »Kellergasse« – the cellar lane. In the picturesque lane, old cellars & press houses line up one after another, now offering overnight accommodations to visitors. Even beyond the borders of Burgenland, the Csaterberg figures as one of the not-to-be-missed attractions of Südburgenland.
Our objective for the future is to accentuate the stylistic character of the site even more, and to define the Csaterberg internationally as of the greats of Südburgenland viticulture. The climatic conditions, in connection with the special nature of the soils, make the Csaterberg a unique and very special location for growing grapes and making wine.