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Austria’s Weingut Knoll joins the GD family

Weingut Knoll

Dear Reader,

In adding an Austrian domaine to the Great Domaines portfolio for the first time, there was very little discussion over who it would be. Weingut Knoll is easily one of Austria’s very best white wine producers and their gothic looking labels have cultivated as much of a cult following as the wines themselves.

”Emmerich Knoll Senior’s wines have long served as a Wachau benchmark. A superb set of vineyard holdings is certainly a key to quality here, but patient and intuitive viticulture and cellar work are as well.”
David Schildknecht for Vinous
While the label design has remain unchanged for decades, and with tradition very much key to the domaine’s philosophy, everything else at Knoll is consistently progressing. Emmerich Knoll junior now works alongside his parents Emmerich and Monika, and has been chairman of Vinea Wachau since 2012. The winery, comprising of a new building that was opened in 2014, houses exclusively old oak foudres for vinification, and the family holds dear to a winemaking philosophy that places varietal site expression above all else.

At Weingut Knoll, around 18 hectares of vines are cultivated. Just under half of this is dedicated to Grüner Veltliner, grown on the Kreutles, Trum, Loibenberg and Schütt sites. Riesling makes up the other 45% or so, planted on the Loibenberg, Kellerberg, Pfaffenberg and Schütt sites.

Indeed, Grüner Veltliner and Riesling from Knoll are the focus on this release. We have curated two mixed cases. The first makes for a perfect introduction to the wines of Weingut Knoll, with Grüner Veltliner and Riesling from the lighter, zippier Steinfeder category, and from the slightly fuller and more nuanced Federspiel.

The second mixed case is made up exclusively of the designated vineyard cuvées, Kreutles and Loibenberg. You will notice the Smaragd classified wines in the selection – these are wines produced from optimally ripe grapes and thus resulting in slightly higher alcohols (around 12.5%). All wines on offer today are dry in style.

We suggest grabbing a case of each, at least. Enjoy the Loibner case and set the vineyard specific case down to mature for a while.

We welcome the wines of Weingut Knoll to South African shores for the very first time!

Knoll mixed case

Grüner Veltliner|Loibner Steinfeder|2021|x 1 bottle

Grüner Veltliner|Loibner Federspiel|2021|x 2 bottles
Riesling|Loibner Federspiel|2021|x 2 bottles

Riesling|Loibner Smaragd|2021|x 1 bottle

Knoll Mixed case

Grüner Veltliner|Ried Kreutles Federspiel|2021|x 2 bottles
Grüner Veltliner|Ried Kreutles Smaragd|2021|x 1 bottle

Grüner Veltliner|Ried Loibenberg