on the paths of the mammoth hunters
The area in which grapes are cultivated was once, 30,000 years ago, the grounds upon which valiant hunters speared mammoths. The preconditions for the cultivation of wine are, however, much older than that. Primeval forces configured the Kamptal, bequeathing this valley's agriculture and particularly its winegrowers soils comprised mainly of primary rocks, loess and clays. The region's "Gföhler Gneis" – its primary gneiss – provides the wine with its finely-articulated minerality. The Ices Ages featured a wafting over of sand from the Chalk Alps. This sand was compacted into the loess. The Grüner Veltliner realizes its full potential in a loess ground. The banks of the Kamp River are comprised of a rich, nutrient-heavy loam in which red wines and burgundies flourish especially well.
The Kamptal's microclimate also contributes special features to the wines. The microclimate is formed by the encounter of the dry and hot Pannonian climate with that of the raw weather of the Waldviertel. The Kamptal's summers and autumns are characterized by hot days and cool nights. These provide the ideal preconditions for producing superior wines featuring a finely-articulated minerality and capable of being stored for a long time. These contradictory climatic conditions enable the Grüner Veltliner to unfold all of the facets of its pungent spiciness. The Kamptal winegrowing region also permits such other types of grapes as Riesling, Burgundy or Sauvignon Blanc to develop unmistakable and terroir-specific aromas.