The harvest

One of the most difficult and important decision of a winegrower is the choice of the right date to harvest. Picking of physically ripe grapes is made by hand over three to five sessions in every vineyard. As a result of strict grape selection picking is done at the optimum point of ripeness while each grape stays on the vine until they are perfectly ripe.

Grassnitzberg - Premier Cru

Grassnitzberg is a vineyard with a southeast aspect, and has a 14 million year old silt-sandstone topsoil and a limestone subsoil. This complex terroir produces flavour intensive wines with intense mineral characters.

The site is planted with Sauvignon blanc, Morillon (local name for Chardonnay) and Weissburgunder (Pinot blanc). Its distinguished soil, coupled with the diurnal effect of warm morning sun and cool nights, help to shape the fruit content of the wine. The natural features make this region especially appropriate for producing complex wines with ripe flavour, an intensive developed mineral tone and development potential.

Sauvignon blanc is planted on the higher slopes with more morning sun exposure. Its vinification in stainless steel tanks leads to a perfect combination of fruit and terroir flavours.

On the foothills, Weissburgunder and Morillion flourish, where the soil is a bit harder, which is an advantage for the density and complexity of these wines. The wine matures for up to 14 months and ages in 90 percent large oak cask in 10 percent in small oak barrels to add structure and complexity. These wines have great development potential.

Hochsulz - Grand Cru

Hochsulz grows on a shell-limestone soil in a unique basinshaped vineyard that captures maximum sunlight, with an east to west aspect.

This basin form and its adjacent small valley is sheltered against prevailing winds, yet allows cold air to escape freely.

As a result, the average temperature in this area is higher, which results in optimal ripening conditions.

The site is planted entirely with Sauvignon blanc.

The intensive minerality and the unique fruit characters are preserved with vinification in steel tanks, with 50 percent then resting in neutral large oak cask.

Obegg - Grand Cru

Obegg is a south-facing vineyard with intensive sun exposure, coupled with sandy top- and subsoil, consisting of lime.

In the lower slopes, the layer of lime is deeper, while in the upper part, it is virtually exposed to the surface.

On the southern aspect, the grapes are highly ripe, which is required for a soft, supple wine with complex fruit intensity.

The site is planted with Sauvignon blanc.

To get the additional site-specific structure with the fruit and mineral complexity, the variety matures in 90 percent large oak cask and 10 percent small oak barrels.

The site offers wines long and rewarding cellaring potential.

Diversity is the key of great wines.

Some vineyards of the Skoff family.

Contact Info

Kontakt Weingut – EN
  • SKOFF ORIGINAL - Walter Skoff
    Eckberg 16, A-8462 Gamlitz
  • T: +43(0) 3453/42 43
  • Opening times office/vinothek
    Monday until Friday: 8:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 18:00.
    Saturday: 10:00 - 18:00.
    Sunday and Holiday: 9:00 - 16:00.