Excellent wine is the product of good soil, tried and tested know-how as well as creative oenological visions. These are the roots for any further refinement.
Ernst Huber, who, together with his wife Gerti newly interpreted the concept of the Viennese “Heurigen” in the 1970s, laid the vineyard’s traditional foundations. Thanks to its versatile premises and idyllic garden, the ‘Fuhrgassl-Huber’ soon became a trademark of the typical ‘Viennese congeniality’ – as autochtonous as the Viennese wine itself. Ernst’s grandson Thomas Huber holds up the family’s commitment to the local wine culture with technical competence and enthusiasm. He won gold in the category ‘kräftiger Gemischter Satz 2011’, leading the way into the future: Producing typical wines of the region with high qualitative aspirations, but at the same time without losing the required balance of natural ingredients and modern technology.
In 1330, Neustift am Walde (the area between Dreimarkstein and the Michaelerberg) was mentioned in a document for the first time. The name dates back to 1413, when the area was handed over to the Dorotheerstift monastery in Vienna (Neustift am Walde translates to “new monastery by the forest”). Back then, the small settlement consisted of 24 homes whose inhabitants were all farmers and mainly produced for personal needs. However, at that time, the wine from the area already had a good reputation and was traded.
In the following centuries, the small town saw its fair share of misfortunes: First, there were the besiegements by the Turks in 1529 and 1683, followed by an outbreak of the plague in 1713. Another three decades later the area saw a series of failed harvests – even if in hindsight this proved to be a blessing in disguise, as this is when the renowned ‘Neustifter Kirtag’ originated. It was decreed as some sort of ‘financial therapy’ by Empress Maria Theresia when she returned the ‘vintner’s crown’ to the local vintners.
This is why every year since 1753 the ‘Hiata’ (wine custodian) and his entourage travel from house to house at the end of August to celebrate the dignitaries.
The vineyard covers 31 hectares in Vienna’s 19th district, 26 of which are situated in Neustift am Walde, while the remaining five are in Nussberg and Grinzing.
The vineyards in Neustift are exposed to the cool climate of the Wienerwald, which, in combination with the low lime content and the high, rocky silt content causes a slower ripening process of the grapes (two to three weeks slower than in Nussberg). This makes for a vibrant wine with a clear acidity structure.
At 17 heactares, the ‘Mitterberg’ in Neustift is among Vienna’s biggest continuous vineyards.
On the other hand, the Fuhrgassl-Huber wines from the Nussberg area, where shelly limestone and limestone weathering are dominant, present a multi-layered character rich in minerals. The Rheinriesling and Traminer grown at the ‘Preussen’ site are rich in minerals and impress with a full body that is dominated by a multi-layered bouquet and moderate acidity.
Of the approximately 90,000 bottles produced annually (as per 2013), the majority is Wiener Gemischter Satz, followed by Grüner Veltliner, Neuburger, Riesling, Muscatel, Weißburgunder (Pinot Blanc), Sauvignon Blanc, Traminer, Welschriesling and Chardonnay. Rosé and Zweigelt, Blauburger as well as the Cuvée ‘Rebecca’, made of Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot, complement the range. For those who prefer sparkling wine, there are an extra dry bubbly (Welschriesling & Grüner Veltliner) and the Frizzante Rosé Zweigelt, which is dominated by a flavour of berries.
Due to increased demand, the traditional cellar was expanded in 2013 and equipped with the newest state-of-the-art technology. However, the biggest advantage remains the cellar’s close proximity to the vineyards, which allows for on-site vinification. There is no waiting time between harvest and press. This allows for the fresh grapes to be processed meticulously and with care, which in turn is one of the prerequisites for our pure and fruity wines that are easy to drink and ideally enjoyed with a meal.
For more than 40 years, the winery of the Huber family has also been renowned for its “Heurigen” that is located right next door to the ‘Neustifter Fuhrgassl’. The rustic, cosy ambiance and the sunny garden offer the perfect surrounding for you to sit back and relax. The various areas, such as the Press-Stüberl, the Schmiede, the Stadl, the basement and the stylish attic offer space for up to 950 people. The attached Hauerkuchl, which dates back to the 17th century, offers seating space for guests where they can enjoy traditional food. Theresa Huber is in charge of coordinating the entire gastronomy.
Other family members are at the helm of further long-standing Viennese enterprises:
Mother Gerti (jun.) is in charge of the ‘10er Marie’ “Heurigen” in Ottakring, while her sister Michaela is at the helm of ‘s‘Pfiff’ restaurant in Neustift. The third sister, Sissi, runs the ‘Huber’ “Heurigen” in Vienna’s 16th district. If you want to spend the night in Neustift with its idyllic scenery, our ‘Landhaus Fuhrgassl-Huber’ is waiting for you.
» Read an article about our young vintner and our Viennese vineyard published in the Styles Magazin