Weingut Schloss Gobelsburg

The Zwettl Monastery was founded in 1074 and in 1171 the Monks of Zwettl were granted their first vineyards: Heiligenstein & Gaisberg–the oldest documented sites in the Kamptal. The estate and Castle Gobelsburg was controlled by as many as 19 different families between 1074 and 1740, and in 1786 absorbed the famous Kammern Winery and vineyards. Two hundred years later Eva and Michael Moosbrugger were granted the winemaking and viticulural contract in 1996, and with the help and guidance of Michael's mentor Willi Bründlmayer, the winery has regained its prestige and considered to be a leader in quality and innovation. In 2006 Michael Moosbrugger was awarded as 'WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR' by the Austrian magazine Falstaff, the highest award given to an Austrian winemaker, and in 2009 and 2010 the estate was acknowledged as 'ONE OF THE TOP 100 WINERIES OF THE YEAR' by Wine & Spirits Magazine.

Schloss Gobelsburg maintains a large number of parcels in Erste Lagen, or 1st Growth, vineyards in the Kamptal, including the mineral-rich, crystalline slopes of the Gaisberg and Heiligenstein planted to Riesling, and the deep loess soils of Renner, Grub, and Lamm planted to Grüner Veltliner. The winery continues to utilize organic winegrowing and has benefited from the fact that the monks of Zwettl Monastery began these practices as early as 1958.

While many international cellars are attempting to produce clean, uniform wines, Moosbrugger is convinced that the future Gobelsburg lies in individuality and character. As a high level of technology is necessary to warrant uniformity, Moosbrugger believes that individuality can only be achieved through the reduction of machines. Moosbrugger developed the 'Dynamic Cellar Concept' for Gobelsburg in which wines are no longer pumped from one location to the other, but transported in 'barrels on wheels' from one section of the cellar to the other.

A hallmark of the estate are the 'Tradition' bottlings of Grüner Veltliner and Riesling. Having read the meticulous notations of the Cistercians at the estate over the past 150 years, Michi pays homage in his role as cellar master, responsible for the 'education' of his 'pupils' –wine- while leading them through elevage; as opposed to acting as 'winemaker,' whose decisions in present day Austria are generally to preserve aromatics and fruit through extremely reductive methods.

Vineyard area: 49 hectares
Top sites: Heiligenstein, Gaisberg, Lamm, Renner
Soil types: Volcanic sandstone, mica slate, and alpine gravel
Grape varieties: 50% grüner veltliner, 30% riesling, 8% zweigelt, 12% pinot noir

Farming Practice:Sustainable

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Gobelsburger Gruner Veltliner 2017
91  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 91 "Yeast, miso and green pear make for an appetizing nose. The evident spritz on the palate makes these flavors pop even more in the mouth where lemon freshness and white pepper frame the lovely pear fruit. This is slender, dry but very expressive."  Wine Spectator 90 "Very
Item Number: 29877
Case: $149.40

Gobelsburger Riesling 2017
90  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 90 Best Buy "An earthy touch combines with the ripe lemon-zest notes on the nose. The palate focuses purely on lemon with a lip-smacking juicy core of freshness. This is light, dry, tart and tingling with refreshment and verve."  TASTING NOTES A hello! aroma, linden and woodruff
Item Number: 29742
Case: $167.40

Gobelsburg Rose Blaufranish/Zweigelt 2017
88  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 88 "Limpid orange. Spice-tinged red berry and citrus fruit aromas and flavors show good focus and hint of musky earth. Dry and nervy, with firm bite and tangy lift and a gripping finish that echoes the citrus note. -- Josh Raynolds"  Tasting Notes "Very light in colour and some
Item Number: 28023
Case: $155.40
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Gobelsburger Gruner Veltliner 2016
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90 "An aromatic style, boasting lilac and freesia accents. Apple and grapefruit notes prevail as this elegant white winds down on the graceful finish. Drink now through 2023. 3,700 cases imported.—Bruce Sanderson"  TASTING NOTES In a vintage as good as 2016 every wine punches

Gobelsburger Riesling 2016
93  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 93  “Peach and grapefruit flavors hold court in this focused white, picking up accents of floral, apple and mineral. Intense and long, with a vibrant aftertaste echoing the complex flavors. Silky texture. Drink now through 2025. 650 cases imported.” -BS, Wine Spectator"  TASTING

Gobelsburg Rose Blaufranish/Zweigelt 2016
90  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 90 Best Buy "Loads of fruit show on the nose of this wine: green and red apple, strawberry and ample, zesty citrus. The palate is taut, fresh, dry and precise, shot through with appetizing fruity flavors. A wonderful, flavorsome rosé, with or without food."  Vinous Media 89

Gobelsburg Rose Blaufranish/Zweigelt 2015
91  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 91  "Restraint, elegance, freshness. This delicate rosé has the softest scent of tart summer berries and overtones of rose petals. There is a spicier aspect and fruitier notes of freshly cut apple on the midpalate. But this delivers full flavor with immense delicacy. Bravo!" 

Gobelsburger Riesling 2015
92  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 92 "How can such lightness, such supple slenderness, come with such full flavor? Visions of swirling citrus are made manifest here. Mandarin, kumquat, tangerine: they all dance and flit around a central seam of freshness. Lovely and almost irresistible now, but sure to advance most

Gobelsburg 'Tradition' Gruner Veltliner 2013
98  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 97-98 "This latest---indeed, greatest--in Michael Moosbrugger’s memorable ongoing series of explorations into how and why his mid-20th century predecessors and their forebears “raised” wine, was to have been bottled this summer for autumn release. But Moosbrugger was away when I

Gobelsburger Gruner Veltliner 2015
90  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 90 "A slight note of pear drop plays on the nose. The palate is juicy and vivid with citrus, green pear and some white pepper. Light on its feet, with an energetic force at its core and lovely concentration of citrus and herb notes, this fizzes away pleasantly. This is far too easy

Gobelsburger Gruner Veltliner 2014
92  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 92 " Ripe, juicy notes of yellow pear on the nose are shot through with lively, zesty lemon freshness. Smatterings of white pepper play around the sleek edges of this slender but super-juicy wine. This is totally enlivening and sings with fruit and freshness—with all the verve of

Schloss Gobelsburg 'Tradition' Riesling 2012
95  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 95 "Believe me or not, but the 2012 Riesling Tradition, which keeps its true origin as a useless secret (Niederösterreich), is the finest and most subtle Austrian Riesling I have tasted this summer. The nose is very Burgundian in its purity, elegance and subtle expression of fruit and

Gobelsburger Riesling 2013
93  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Spectator 92 "Offers ripe aromas and flavors of beeswax and sage honey, with kiwifruit, melon and white currant hints. This has some dried mango notes, with an exuberant finish of white pepper and lemon curd. Drink now through 2022. " ~ KM  Wine Enthusiast 93 "Beautifully pure apple fruit

Gobelsburg 'Gobelsburg' Riesling 2011
"New life breathed into an old monastic estate, with Willi Brundlmayer as consultant. The wines are excellent VALUES while Michael "Michi" Moosbrugger consolidates his reputation. They won't always be so. It's beginning to look like Martin Nigl is Moosbrugger's aesthetic soul-brother, though

Gobelsburg 'Gobelsburg' Riesling 2010
 "New life breathed into an old monastic estate, with Willi Brundlmayer as consultant. The wines are excellent VALUES while Michael "Michi" Moosbrugger consolidates his reputation. They won't always be so. It's beginning to look like Martin Nigl is Moosbrugger's aesthetic soul-brother, though