Great Vineyards - since 1569
The vineyard sites on the southern slopes of the Leithagebirge are numbered among the finest and most venerable in the land. The sonorous names of Steinzeiler, Point, Dürr, Tatschler, Katterstein, Gloria and Setz were already mentioned in official records as vineyards in 1569 and 1570.
Top vineyard sites have history. 1569 the site Steinzeiler, in the year 1570 Tatschler, Gloria, Dürr, Point and others have first been mentioned. The best wines in the Kollwentz estate are growing in this vineyard sites.
The single vineyards extend from 170m above sea level at the slope foot of the Leithagebirge as far as to ried Gloria, which is the highest vineyard site of northern Burgenland, being located 325m above sea level.
Red varieties are primarily planted from 170m to 200m above sea level, while Chardonnay's realm starts above 200m. The altitude and the influence by the woods that cover the highest elevations of the Leithagebirge give rise to a cool microclimate. On those sites, the grapes will slowly mature to full ripeness, which is reflected in their refined aromas and the intensive taste.
The sites that are located in the center of the slopes and on the foot of the slopes will catch every sunbeam from early morning till late at night. The soils are heavy and, depending on the soil type, are ideal for growing Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Burgenland owes its characterful wines to the Pannonian climate in its most striking form. The Pannonian climate is characterized by cold winters poor in snow, hot and dry summers as well as a long and mild autumn, which is also known as "Indian summer".
Lake Neusiedl functions as a climatic regulator. Its surface, which extends over 320sq.km, exerts a temperature moderating influence, thus creating ideal conditions for the cultivation of vines.
From the lake westwards, one reaches the Leithagebirge after having passed the gentle slopes of the Ruster Hügelland and the Wulka Plain. The vineyards extend over the hills of the Leithagebirge that are oriented towards the south and the southeast.