Soil and climate
Falkenstein’s cliffs are foothills of the Northern limestone Alps and form a geological and climatic island location in the otherwise very gently-hilled wine district. The Valley is protected from the strong West winds and the well ventilated altitude of our vineyards appear to be made for viticulture. Over the course of thousands of years loess and clay deposits formed on the hills where todays vineyards lie, which promotes water retention and deep rooting of vines. The weathered shell-lime-soil harks back to Thetys, the mediterranean primoridal ocean. Today, this precious soil is where our wines draw their unique minerality. If you compare Falkenstein’s climate data to that of the renowned wine-growing regions of the world, one can understand why the wines produced here are so fragrant and so fresh. Even during extremely hot summer days the temperature cools down tremendously in the evenings thanks to the especially high altitude, ensuring the preservation of the refreshing acidity. At the same time, the physiological maturity can slowly but steadily progress. The results are very complex, balanced, and highly aromatic wines, which always bring a touch of coolness and freshness with them. The elegance of our wines, the complexity on the palate and the minerality are all a result of the distinctive properties of soil and climate and their synergy.