Vienna is a wine metropolis – in terms of wine history, as well as the considerable area under vine, and the number of wine estates. Some 630 wine producers and 180 Heurigen, a Viennese sausage and wine bar that is a social gathering place, much the way the local pub is in Britain, form the core of this culture. Most of the wine made here is destined for the Heurigen and made to be drunk within a year. The sales of bottled wines of higher quality, however, are increasing steadily. The best vineyards produce extraordinary Riesling, Pinot Blanc and Grüner Veltliner, as well as powerful Chardonnay and concentrated red wines. Weinbau Zahel began life as a family-run heurigen. The heurigen is still operating and is an important part of the family’s life, but the brothers, Alfred and Richard began bottling wine for sale outside the heurigen in 1994. In 2000, they were awarded “Viennese Winegrower of the Year” and began exporting around the same time.The family has a long tradition in Vienna--at least since 1724 and is committed to the family tradition in viticulture-- they hand harvest all grapes and restrict the yield to about 1 bottle per vine-- yet open to innovation-- they are experimenting with new varietal clones to optimize wine quality. The wines are characterized by a close connection to nature and region – the butterfly symbolizes nature-oriented winemaking. They still strive to enhance orientation along ecological principles.Since inception (1930), Weingut Zahel has refrained from using herbicides and pesticides. Today, they cultivate the vines organically, strictly following Demeter's biodynamic guidelines. Most of the vineyard work is done by hand. Also, to increase biodiversity, they use special compost and plant species-rich greenery in between vine rows. Since 2018 all wines have been certified as either Organic or Biodynamic under Demeter certification.

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  • Zahel Sauvignon Blanc Kroissberg 2020

    Zahel Demeter Sauvignon Blanc Ried Kroissberg 2020

    Produced from Vienna’s second highest single vineyard and bordering the Viennese Forest, this wine is an elegant expression of cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc.

  • Zahel-Gruner-Veltliner-Goldberg

    Zahel Gruner Veltliner Goldberg 2021

    Zahel wines are characterized by a close connection to nature and region, as symbolized by the butterfly on their label. Since 2018 all Zahel wines are certified either organic or Biodynamic.

  • Zahel St Laurent Mauerberg 2018

    Zahel St Laurent Mauerberg 2019

    St. Laurent is one of Austria’s classic varietals and a staple of Zahel’s red wine production. This wine is produced from grapes grown in the Maurerberg region, located in the southwestern corner of Vienna. Influenced by both the cool Viennese forest to the west and the warmer Thermenregion to the south, the area’s unique microclimate provides a foundation for elegant red wines. This wine is cultivated biodynamically and harvested 100% by hand before being fermented for 2 weeks in 500 liter oak barrels.



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