Stift Gottweig Messwein Grüner Veltliner 2022

Type: White
Country: Austria
Region: Kremstal
Grape Variety: 100% Gruner Veltliner

Climate: Climatic conditions similar to the Wachau, if only slightly warmer, the Kremstal benefits from the easterly warm winds of the Pannonian basin and cool, humid breezes from the Waldviertal forest to the north
Terroir: The best vineyard for Grüner Veltliner on the Göttweiger Berg is the Gottschelle. Gravel and weathered sediments form a base supporting massive loess formations, which provide highly favourable conditions for optimal development of the Veltliner
Winemaking: The Göttweiger Messwein, or altar wine, has been an institution in this Benedictine monastery for centuries. The Grüner Veltliner are vinified as light, dry wines. From the nature-friendly cultivation of the vineyards to the care and processing of the grapes and wine, the purity law of the church must be strictly observed. Messwein cannot be produced without the permission of the bishop, and it must be only natural and unaltered.

Color: Green and flinty
Nose: Aroma of delightful pear, red apple skin and musk aromas with hints of rosewater and spiced lychee.
Palate: Pear, red apple and lime fruits

About the Winery:
The historic wine estate Stift Gœttweig was founded around 1083 by St. Altmann, the bishop of Passau. In 1094 it was bequeathed to the Benedictines, whose economic centre was already forestry and viticulture.

The baroque abbey complex, which was destroyed after a major fire in 1718 and was subsequently redesigned and built by the architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt, is located on the eastern edge of the Danube valley of the Wachau, opposite the city of Krems.

At an altitude of 449 metres above sea level, individual parcels of land in the Ried Gottscheller, Ried Silberbichl and Ried Pfaffenberg vineyards produce an enormous variety of wines, which benefit greatly from the geological differences here: from gravelly-sandy soils, loess and clay to the weathering of primary rocks, the soils have a wide variety of characteristics and give the wines cultivated a very special characteristic.

The microclimatic conditions here on the southern bank of the Danube are also very varied. From the area of the Dark Stone Forest, cool air blows towards the Gœttweiger vineyards and vents them. In general, the Danube area has natural humidity and rather warming pannonic air masses. Particularly in the individual vineyard Ried Pfaffenberg, which is situated near the Danube to the southeast, the cultivated vines are exposed to strong winds and temperature fluctuations. Fritz Miesbauer, winegrower of the Gœttweig Monastery Winery, knows how to handle the different soil and climate conditions of his vineyards perfectly and, with the support of his team, produces excellent wines that reflect the character of the region.