The Wachau white wines
The vineyards of Nikolaihof are situated in a remarkably privileged region: Wachau, one of the most beautiful river landscapes in Europe, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and place of origin of some of the best white wines in the world. Its climate and geological conditions are ideal for white wine.
With almost 2,000 years of history, the estate is the oldest winery in Austria, and one of the first in the world to have begun operating by biodynamic principles. The estate has been owned by the Saahs family since 1894. Christine and Nikolaus Saahs have been taking over the estate in 1971 and immediately started managing the farm according to biodynamic principles.
The traditional family winery runs a total of 22 hectares of vineyards, cultivating predominantly Riesling, Grüner Veltliner, Neuburger grapes and a range of complementary varieties. Letting nature take its course, interfering as little as possible, and giving the wines plenty of time to develop — that’s the wine-growing philosophy of Nikolaus Saahs. After undergoing careful and mild pressing processes, Nikolaihof wines are fermented with natural yeasts, thus developing their excellent character. Lastly, they find their way into the estate’s historic wine cellar, which was built in a Roman crypt. Some wines stay here for up to 20 years in some of the 2,000 to 12,000-litre oak barrels.
Only a small share of the production is sold on the domestic market, most of the wine is exported to countries all over the world like Italy, Germany, USA or Japan. The organic certified wine tavern offers guests a traditional and festive range of rooms, as well as an enchanting atmosphere in the courtyard under the linden tree.
Nikolaigasse 3, 3512 Mautern
source: IFOAM EU