Over the past generation, the Jurtschitsch winery in Langenlois/Kamptal has grown into one of the most prominent top wineries in Austria. Having previously being run by the three brothers Edwin, Paul and Karl Jurtschitsch, the family-owned winery has now been passed on to the younger generation, to Alwin Jurtschitsch and his partner Stefanie Hasselbach.
A first step was the change-over to an organic cultivation of the family-owned vineyards. It was followed by a reduction of the wine-growing sites so that they could concentrate of the first-class appellations of the Kampala; all this went smoothly and with a great deal of sensitivity and respect for tradition.
The wine philosophy also underwent a transformation: "Our wine style became more 'polarising', characterised by the idea of terroirs without compromise", says Stefanie Hasselbach.
They produce wines which let the vineyards and soils speak for themselves, even about the winegrower who cares for them. "Yes, we are farmers", Alwin Jurtschitsch stresses, "this is our work, our tradition and handcraft in the best sense of the word." In the cellar, all this is turned into a work of art. The wines shine in multi-faceted elegance, offering drinking pleasure at highest level without being baroque and heavy. The Gr�ner Veltliner wines interpret the Kamp Valley's spiciness at its finest, while the Rieslings impress with their crystalline minerality. The renowned Gault Millau wine guide most recently called the Jurtschitsch winery "the most exciting one in Langenlois at present"!
Jurtschitsch is a very important winery in the Kamptal, with a rich history. The press house is from the 16th century and they have a 700 year-old natural, cool cellar. They farm organically not only for the wines they are making today, but also to preserve their vineyards for future generations. They are best known for their single-vineyard wines that are fermented with their own wild ambient yeasts and gentle, traditional vinification methods. Peter Moser also offers, "Few other Austrian wineries successfully produce such consistent quality over such a broad spectrum of wines."