Steinberg stands out as a stunning vineyard site. This is also Stefan Zehetbauer’s favorite place and preferred retreat. On the revitalised stone wall terraces there is an almost magical energy, ideal for recharging himself or just enjoying quietness. Steinberg was first mentioned in the 15th century – at that time still in the possession of a monastic order. This is a distinction per se, since the clerical vintners are known for being well aware of which single vineyard would produce the best wine qualities. Rumors have persisted until today of a wine vault of the monks being concealed here in deeper layers. What makes Steinberg so special is, first of all, its location. It is situated in the upper part of the Schützner Stein with a south-west orientation. At the same time the close-by forest acts as a cooling climate regulation. Being the biggest site of the estate by now external influence is also minimised. Typical of Steinberg are its mineral soils featuring mica slate covered by thick layers of humus. Also, the many herbs growing in that area add to the spell of the site. Wild thyme, sage and marjoram decorate the rows of vine and exude a spiciness that is also thought to be perceived in the wines.
Zehetbauer's best wines stem from there: Cabernet Franc Ried Steinberg as well as Chardonnay and Blaufränkisch Leithaberg DAC Ried Steinberg. A small part is planted with Pinot Blanc vines which are used for the Pinot Blanc Leithaberg DAC
The single vineyard Reckenschink extends about 650 meters along the northerly outbound Schützner Stein. The geologically multifaceted site features primarily black-earth and gravel soils in the flatter region on the lower end and after a third of its lenght an increasing amount of lime as it extends further gently uphill. The 45-year-old Blaufränkisch vines dominating here rank among the winery’s oldest vines. Ideal for our Leithaberg DAC Blaufränkisch. Thanks to the soil being very similar the grapes from the young vines are put as a small part into the Mönchsacker.
Hölzlstein is a large limestone formation with lots of shell inclusions. It stretches between the towns of Schützen and Oggau. The vineyard owned by the Zehetbauers had been left uncultivated for quite some time before another valuable, adjacent vineyard was purchased in 2000. Both were finally planted with Gewürztraminer, an old Burgenland variety, to which the vintner attributes the greatest potential on this site.
Chronicles reveal early records of the single vineyard Sinner as “Sinnerhuet” as early as in 1570. This patch also extends on the Schützner Stein, facing the lake. Its soil texture is dominated by slate and lime. A combination that is perfect for Merlot.
As the name of this single vineyard suggests, it once belonged to a monastic order – just as Steinberg. It is located at the foot of the Schützner Stein, on the lower part of a gentle slope with a highly calcareous subsoil. Mönchsacker is primarily planted with Blaufränkisch vines and a small part Pinot Blanc.
Sonnenberg is the defined "Grosslage" (sits between the generic Burgenland and the controlled appellation Leithaberg DAC) in our area. While Leithaberg DAC stands for our terroir-focused wines with origin for us the Sonnenberg reflects the great diversity of grape varieties and soil types of our area. Wines which carry the name come from different vinyards. They also can be more focused on fruitiness and freshness but still have to show clearly their origin. Our Rosé is a prime example for our interpretation. Blaufränkisch and Pinot Blanc are also made as Sonnenberg now and then.