It’s impossible for me to overstate just how great these wines are. These Grüner Veltliners and Rieslings — both young vintages and old — represent some of the most memorable, the most profound, the most hardcore wine experiences of my life. For the finale of our Wines of Austria tastings, I’m proud to present to you The Wines of Nikolaihof.
The history of the Nikolaihof vineyards has its origins with the Celtics. The vineyards were developed by the Romans, then occupied by Germanic monks. Records document of the monks’ ownership of the estate, as well as of a vineyard called Im Weingebirge, the earliest named vineyard site in all of Europe. Over a hundred years ago, the Saahs family acquired Nikolaihof, committing themselves to what the monks established at the estate. As a result, its vineyards have never been farmed with any kind of chemicals. More than fifty years ago, the estate began its practice of biodynamic farming, making Nikolaihof one of the first biodynamic wineries in the world.
The wines of Nikolaihof are just as rich and noble as its history. Of the five tastings in our series, The Wines of Nikolaihof offers you an insight into the soul of Austria — its land, its people, and its wine.
The guide for our journey to Nikolaihof is Gabe Clary, Portfolio Manager for Austrian and German Wines at Skurnik Wine & Spirits, North America’s premier Austrian and German wine importer.
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