Christoph Hoch’s vineyards are situated in Hollenburg, just south of the Danube river in the Kremstal region. The winemaking legacy of the Hoch family can be traced all the way back to 1640, and the original coat of arms appears on Christoph’s wine labels - an homage to his family’s history and traditions. In 2013 Christoph took over the family winery to continue this long tradition and make wines that express the unique terroir of the Hollenburg, which sits on calcareous and gravel conglomerate soils. The 5 hectares of vines are planted to a variety of different exposures, and are protected from the winds by the surrounding woodland areas. The winery has been organic since 2012 and started its conversion to biodynamic farming in 2013.
Christoph has travelled extensively to other winemaking regions to gain a better understanding of his own terroir’s special characteristics, and his experimental winemaking approach enables him to explore the full potential of his land and vines. Every year he produces 40 different batches of wine, which he then blends into a single Riesling and Grüner Veltliner bottling. The wines that make it into his final blend are from a variety of different vineyard sites, harvest times, vinification methods, and even different vintages. Christoph also ages some of his wine under flor and blends it into the final product.
In 2012 Christoph began developing a sparkling wine project, and started working closely with top producers from Champagne to learn more about sparkling wine production. The calcareous soils of the Hollenburg produce high acid, mineral wines - making it an ideal spot for sparkling wine production.