- The Eisenberg -
Saybritz, Szapary, Hummergraben and Königsberg – the sites in which the grapes for Groszer Wein are growing – read like a ‘Who‘s Who’ of the best vineyards on the Eisenberg. For a long time, the Eisenberg embodied the very backside of beyond. Today, though it is at the geographic midsection of Central Europe: on the border to Hungary and not far from Slovenia. And Croatia is closer to the Eisenberg than Vienna is. No wonder that wines are growing here that speak with some unfamiliar accents. The end of the Alps, the beginning of the Pannonian Plain, flirting with a breath of the Mediterranean.
- Saybritz -
The vineyard site Saybritz covers 2.6 hectares, is situated at 250–350 metres above sea level and with its 25% incline rises steeply on the southwestern Eisenberg. Here, a particular microclimate prevails. The site is very sunny, and the thermal draughts provide the vines with constant airflow. The soils are composed of rocky brown earth and mica schist, from which the grapes draw the mineral components of their typicity. The age of the vines is between 10–50 years.
- Szapary -
The 2.2 hectare site Szapary, at 250–350 metres elevation, has the steepest gradient among our vineyards, and is thus the most difficult to cultivate on the entire Eisenberg. The warm and porous mica schist soils of this site yield extremely filigreed and thus very fruit-forward wines, featuring aromas of bright red fruits, cherries and currants. On the palate the wines display prominent mineral notes; very fine of structure with a salty and spicy finish. Vines are between 10–40 years old.
- Königsberg -
Protected from the elements, the south-facing Königsberg is 3.9 hectares in size, situated with some six per cent incline at about 300 metres elevation, and is composed of sandy and porous loam soils. The site offers particularly good conditions for growing the variety Zweigelt, whose grapes provide the foundation for an unusually authoritative, rather masculine wine with impressive structure. Here the vines have just reached their tenth birthday.
- Hummergraben -
Wines from Ried Hummergraben (5.5 hectares) draw their power and concentration from the water-retentive, deep loam soil. The site is situated at 200–300 metres above sea level, faces South to East, with an incline of some six per cent. We grow Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt, Syrah, Welschriesling and Weiszburgunder here, on vines that are between 10 and 30 years old.
- Kroatische Ried -
The mere 1.9 hectares of Kroatische Ried sit atop the tip of the Eisenberg at about 400 metres above sea level. So it’s no wonder that wines of pure minerality are harvested here; the stony soil of mica schist, with a gradient of some two per cent, is barely covered with loam. Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt, Cabernet Sauvignon, Weiszburgunder and Welschriesling flourish here, and the vines are between 10 and 30 years of age.
- Csaterberg -
No soil here without parent rock! The soils of the Csaterberg are strewn with freshwater opals, and thus count as a geologic peculiarity in the region of Eisenberg DAC. The opals lie in the vineyard in fragments on the soil, both in the form of splinters or also as stones that can weigh kilogrammes. The idyllic Csaterberg forms the southwest spur of the Eisenberg.