Weingut Knoll
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Weingut Knoll

Lower Austria is the most important wine-growing and extended zone of the country. More than 50% of Austrian wines is produced in this area, which is divided into five districts, of which the most important and famous, despite being the smallest, is Wachau, with its characteristic terraced vineyards along the Danube. The two main varieties in terms of distribution are Riesling and Grüner Veltliner. In this region the wine classification is based on the potential alcohol degree of must and not on the fame of the vineyard and in the Wachau, for quality wines, it is not expected any enrichment of the must by adding sugars. The production is divided into three categories:

  • Steinfeder: "lighter wines", fragrant and fruity, with an alcohol content of up to 11.5%; from "Steinfedergras", an herb that grows wild in the terraced vineyards of the Wachau.
  • Federspiel: "normally dry" wines with higher alcohol contents, from 11.5 to 12.5%, good complexity, aromatic richness and depth; term derived from the slang of falconers, literally "Feather Game".
  • Smaragd: wines at the peak of the quality pyramid of this region, have a minimum alcohol content of 12.5%; the name, literally "Emerald," refers to a particular species of lizard that inhabits the best vineyards, the sunniest.

Emmerich Knoll is driving the small company Weingut Knoll, founded in 1850 and located in Dürnstein, in the Unterloiben fraction. Behind the walls rather unobtrusive and simple of the family home, it hides one of the most significant wineries in Europa. Knoll family is very traditional, very direct but also incredibly charming and courteous. In the work are lovers of detail and not at all willing to compromise, and thanks to these features always manage to produce incredibly fine wines, which are the mirror of the terroir. The 15 hectares of soil are mainly cultivated with Riesling and Grüner Veltliner, while a small percentage of vines is dedicated to some complementary varieties: Chardonnay, Yellow Muscat, Traminer and Pinot Noir. The wines are pure and deep and the most representative references are linked to some symbol vineyards of the Wachau: names such as Schutt, Kreutles or Loibenberg are synonymous with quality, thickness and territorial footprint. Vinification and refinements, traditional in large barrels, lead to tonic wines, snappy but good thickness, able of long ageing in the bottle.