Grüner Veltliner Löss is sourced from vines growing on the eponymous loess soils. They have been formed over the millennia by deposits of weathering alpine rock, crushed under the weight of ice age glaciers. Enormous storms have deposited this dust in various mineral compositions of clays, lime, quartz and mica, as well as in the southern Kamptal. The mineral-rich and porous soil, in which the vines form a deep root system, characterizes the typical bright fruit and cool spice of this Veltliner.
The Hiedler triumvirate, Ludwig Hiedler with sons Ludwig Jr. and Dietmar, is crafting some of the most interesting, texturally compelling wines of the Kamptal. In the last year, Ludwig Sr has taken a step back and his sons are now running the show. The owl is the unmistakable symbol of this traditional estate in Langenlois, family-operated since 1856. The Archduchy of Austria honored the estate for its wine quality in the late 19th-century, and this has continued to inspire this producer’s high aspirations ever since.
As a founding member of the ÖTW (Association of Austria’s Traditional Wine Estates), Hiedler has been one of the motors of Austria’s vineyard classification since 1992. For decades, the estate has been cultivating vines on some of the best vineyard sites the Kamptal has to offer. The family’s profound understanding of origin and site is a determining factor in their wine style.