»Our wine is defined
particularly by the soil in
which it grows.«
Phillip Zull

Austria’s smallest wine-growing town, is situated in the north-western Weinviertel, not far from the border to the Waldviertel and the Czech Republic, 80 km northwest of Vienna
Latitude – 48°42‘ north (almost on the same latitude as the French wine-growing region of Alsace)
Longitude – 15°54‘ east
Altitude – 265 m above sea level

430 mm/ year (one of the driest regions in Austria)
Temperature – ø 9,2°C / year
Hours Of Sunshine – ø 1.800 / year
Wind – normally light from the northwest, coming from the Waldviertel (so rarely foggy, and thus reduced threat of fungal attack)

Molasse Soils, created by the Paratethys primordial ocean some 30 million years ago. This resulted in deposits of clay and silt as well as sand. On the eastern slopes there are also occasional pockets of loess – fine drifting sand that was deposited here during the last ice age. e.g.
Ödfeld – 1,73 ha
Äussere Bergen – 2,26 ha
Sechs Vierteln – 4,44 ha

soils formed by the weathering of primary rock approx. 350 million years old, from the Bohemian Massif (Manhartsberg).
Innere Bergen – 3,78 ha
Kalvarienberg – 0,84 ha
Steinbreiten – 0,73 ha

Less common are the heavy, chalky or Loamy Soils that have settled at the foot of the Manhartsberg. These became the coastline during the time when the primordial ocean covered the Retz region. e.g.
Siebzehn Lehen – 0,41 ha
Neubergen – 0,31 ha
Schwibbeln – 0,43 ha

Producing authentic wines with character means taking full account of natural conditions. With utmost appreciation for soil quality and respect for tradition, mindful of natural resources and in the heart of a delightful landscape we create wines that have been grown on soils aged over millions of years. Even in the Middle Ages the microclimate of the northern Weinviertel was recognised as being ideal for wine, as the area around Schrattenthal, Austria’s smallest wine-growing town, boasts a unique terroir. In order to be able to exploit the natural potential of soil, climate and vine to the full, more attention than ever must be paid to precise, systematic working in the vineyard. Here, even taking into account decades of experience, no effort is spared in the continuing striving for quality and improved results. We enjoy the challenge.

  • 18.3027 hectares of vineyards – equivalent of approx. 76,800 vines (in Schrattenthal and Retz), distributed over
  • 25 plots with predominantly a medium-height training system and single cane pruning
  • 18.000 working hours – annual total; equivalent of nine full-time workplaces
  • 70 % White Wine
  • 30 % Red Wine
  • 120.000 Bottles – annual production (0.75 l bottles)

Our dry, hot summer days encourage the vines to set deep roots while the cold nights during the maturation period give the grapes their distinctive aroma. The adjacent Manhartsberg protects the gentle hills of the vineyards from cold winds, thus enabling the grapes to achieve optimum ripeness. Covering a total of 18 hectares, each of the of Zull vineyards has its own characteristics. Around Schrattenthal the Riesling is cultivated on mineral primary rock. In some places, the topsoil layer is only 20 cm deep, and directly below it lies the warming granite that gives the Riesling its delicate structure. Schrattenthal is also underlaid with well-irrigated sandy loess soils – ideal for the Grüner Veltliner and red wines. The clayey, loamy soils of the vineyards in Retz are tailor-made for the full aroma of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.