Weingut Weszeli

(Kamptal, Austria)

Weingut Weszeli can be found in the charming city of Langenlois, a region with a long-standing reputation for wine. The winery’s success is owed, in part, to the Summerer family, which has owned and maintained the estate’s vineyards since 1679. The winemakers, Rupert and Elizabeth Summerer have dedicated their souls to the land they have tended since 1997, and after its purchase by Davis Weszeli, have stayed on to help preserve their family’s estate and traditions for at least a few vintages longer while instructing winemakers-to-be. Preservation of the area’s biodiversity maintains a priority. Thus, a cover crop is planted for soil health as well as attractants for animal and microbial activity. There is no thought of chemical treatments. They maintain 30 hectares of Riesling and Grüner Veltliner vines that will then keep themselves healthy, because they are in harmony with all life. They carry this ethos to the cellar as well. Why ruin a perfectly grown grape? Here, their instruction from nature allows for harmony of the traditional and modern world. The wine makes itself, spontaneously fermenting, but is guided by temperature-controlled steel vats, a gentle pneumatic press and a CO2 system for bottling. This preserves the purity and spirit of the grapes to make as Rupert calls his ‘wines of character.’ The character stems from a mix of complex soils and the mix of warm sun and cool nights. This is twenty hectares of magical land, ruled by bio-equality, which reveals itself in every bottle offered by Weingut Weszeli.


Kamptal DAC, ‘Loiserberg’

100% Riesling

From 20 year old vines grown on gneiss soils, the vines underwent natural green harvesting
after early frosts and drought, with alternating sun and heavy rains later in the season and
the results: a beautifully elegant wine full of flowers, fresh aromatic white fruits and slightly lower alcohol.

Kamptal DAC, ‘Langenlois’

100% Grüner Veltliner

Grown on loess soils and ranging in age between 5-50 years, underwent natural green
harvesting due to heavy rains followed by a long warm season and mid-summer rains to
revivify the grapes. A long mild and predominently dry harvesting period produced a wine
with resounding structure, fruit and depth.

Kamptal DAC, ‘Steinhaus

100% Grüner Veltliner

Aging between 13-52 years, grown on sea sediment intermixed with limestone, these vines
were one of the few to have not been affected by late frosts, leaving green harvesting to be
done in early June. The season marked by alternating sun and rain, but with patience at
harvest, seeing low yields and a cool vintage, a delicate, low alcohol wine emerged.