This estate in the Kamptal (Kamp River Valley of Austria) has roots back to the 1500s and the Hirsch family became owners in 1878. Johannes Hirsch and his wife Sandra run the property, after following some ingenious insight. His grandfather turned over only 6 acres to his father Josef, who then started acquiring more vineyard land, “But he went about it in a revolutionary fashion from the very beginning,” says Johannes. “He bought parcels that nobody else wanted to own. Precisely, up on the Heiligenstein, and not down below where it is nicely level and one can work easily and efficiently. The neighbours thought that he’d gone crazy.” As Johannes states on their website, “If you’re certain of the path you’ve chosen, you can’t allow yourself to be irritated by the gossip or the fearfulness of others.” It is a family motto now, which has driven the Hirsch estate to become a leader for Kamptal wines, as well as organic and biodynamic farming.
They currently work 75 acres of vines, only Grüner Veltliner and Riesling since 1999, in prominent vineyards ‘Lamm’, ‘Gaisberg’, ‘Brub’, ‘Renner’, and ‘Heiligenstein’. The ‘Hirschvergnügen’ is their entry level Grüner bottling, produced from vines currently in under organic viticulture, but just awaiting certification. No oak is used, it is all stainless steel from harvest to bottle. Pair with the ever-challenging artichokes and asparagus. Also, summer herbal salads, sushi, schnitzel, and roast pork with a cream sauced vegetables.
Label I.Q.: ‘Vergnügen’ means ‘pleasure’.