Grapes are harvested and pressed as whole bunches. The juice is fermented spontaneously in stainless steel in a long, slow ferment thanks to the cold winter temperatures. The wine is racked once to remove the lees and immediately bottled with a small addition of sulfur.
Farming: practicing organic
Christina Netzl began her path towards natural winemaking as a young girl of 5 years old, working on her family’s farm and vineyard with her parents and grandparents. Her parents later focused the family business solely on grape growing and winemaking, building the winery up to the 28 hectares they operate today in the Carnuntum winemaking region, located just east of Vienna and north of the Neusidler see. Christina studied oenology and wine management in London, getting to know wine styles from all over the world. In 2007, she returned to the winery to work with her parents, and after having two children became passionate about organic viticulture. They began the process of converting everything to organics in 2013 starting with soil treatments and elimination of herbicides, followed by eliminating pesticides and 100% organic vineyard management and then finally organic production in the winery. In 2018 they began the official process of certifying organically.
Over the last 10 years working at the winery, Christina has fallen in love with ancient winemaking practices and thus has now launched this natural line of wines.
100% Gruner Veltliner
The most commonly planted vine variety in Austria is planted on over 36,000 acres - particularly in lower Austria, where it represents more than half of total white grape production. In the Vienna region, it compromises about a third of all plantings. It is at its best in regions like Kamptal, Wachau, Kremstal and Vienna, where it produces wines of perfume and substance. Typically dry, full-bodied, peppery and spicy.
Carnuntum reaches eastward from Vienna to Austria’s border with Slovakia. The vineyards spread out south of the Danube across three hilly landscapes: the Leitha Range, the Arbesthaler Foothills and the Hainburger Mountains. Named after the Roman military installation and the civilian/administrative city that grew around it, Carnuntum offers ideal conditions for viticulture with its heavy loam and loess soils, as well as with some sandy-gravelly vineyard sites.
The Pannonian climate with its hot summers and cold winters, the nearby Danube River and temperature-regulating Lake Neusiedl harmonise together in allowing grapes to ripen fully. A young generation of winegrowers has been able to harness this natural potential and, within a short space of time, lead the region to excellence: especially with attractive red wines that marry fruit and elegance. Modern in style, but remaining distinctive and committed to the expression of their origins.
In 2019, Carnuntum was finally granted DAC status. Consequently, only wines that express regional typicity and a clear sense of their origins may bear the name of the winegrowing region on the label.
Tasting Notes: Honeydew, aromatic, acidity, minerality
Recommended pairings: Fried chicken, citrus pork chops or sushi