Georg Schmelzer is a fourth generation winemaker in the Gols region near Lake Neusiedl in Austria. Georg’s winemaking philosophy is in line with the Demeter guidelines and uses a variety of biodynamic preparations for the revitalization of the soil and keeping his vines as healthy as possible.
Practices like the utilization of horn manure, ground crystal, and infusions of herb, such as horsetail, all participate in promoting soil health and vine strength and metabolism. The harvest is done by hand and the wine is aged in neutral oak without filtering, fining, or addition of any sulfur. It’s this respect for the land and the ability to let the grapes express themselves with minimal intervention that make Schmelzer’s Weingut so special.
Grape: Zweigelt, Merlot
Vineyard Size: 15 hectares
Soil: gravel, sand, chalk
Average Age of Vines: 30 years
Farming: organic, biodynamic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: destemmed, 12 day maceration, spontaneous fermentation in neutral oak with indigenous yeasts
Aging: 12 months in neutral oak, sur lie
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