The history of Rabl family winery, dated back to 1750
Rudi Rabl is happy about the traditional history of his family winery, dated back to 1750. The love for nature and grapes, the ecological work in the vineyard with herbal plants and the knowledge of the professional processing ensure an excellent quality of the different types of wine. In the basement, modernity is combined with traditional values. Ecology is an important factor and the winery has been certified as “Sustainable Austria” since 2015. Among the highlights of the awards in recent years is the “White Winemaker” of the Year 2019 at IWSC in London, the two Decanter Trophy Winners Grüner Veltliner Dechant and Riesling Steinhaus, as well as the 2017 regional winner in the Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc categories. In addition, the winery was awarded “Winery of the Year” in Kamptal.
The best vineyards locations around Langenlois
The high quality of Rabl’s wines is the result of a combination of a number of factors. To begin with some of the best locations around Langenlois are cultivated. Käferberg, Steinmassl, Steinhaus – all ancient rock formations – belong as well as the Loess areas of Spiegel and Kittmannsberg.
Good soil for optimum wines
This requirement is necessary to nourish suitable quality wines labelled “Vinum Optimum“, whereby this description basically stands for the best grapes from the best vineyards. Primarily for the varieties Grüner Veltliner, Riesling and Zweigelt from ancient grapevines, such as those in Schenkenbichl. There are also occasionally other wines with this name, such as Merlot, Pinot Noir, Gelber Muskateller or Sauvignon Blanc, deriving from younger grapevines, working them so that the hangings correspond to that of an ancient vineyard. This cryptic seeming statement simply means an extreme reduction in grapes, accompanied by a scrupulous sorting by hand.
Apart from that in the vineyards many things are seen and done differently. Indeed the same philosophy applies here too – that top wines can only come from perfect grapes, however, we don’t want to overdo work in the vineyard and obsess about every stalk. Rather the independence of the grapevine is of utmost importance, as it is in fact a shrub and not an ornamental plant, to be treated and cut like espalier fruit, that not every grapevine should resemble another like in a landscaped garden.
This philosophy is also practiced at the highly individual pruning, where we proceed according to the third principle (left, middle, right), to achieve improved exposure to the sun and air circulation of the grapes on the individual vine.
Comfortable apartments and rooms for summer and winter holidays
Leave your everyday life behind you and enjoy a relaxing weekend break, a last minute trip or your well-earned annual holiday at the Rabl Family’s holiday home. Round off an exciting day on the large roof terrace with view over the vineyards, whilst your children play contentedly in the garden.
The holiday home was completely renovated in 2013/14 and is situated in a quiet, prime location in the wine town of Langenlois. The town centre plus the nearest wine taverns are just a few minutes walk away. Here you’ll find the perfect base for diverse activities in the region.