Christoph Neumeister’s organically cultivates 24 hectares of vines scattered around the steep hillsides of Straden in south eastern Styria. The vineyards surrounding the town are rich in chalky limestone and sandy loam with volcanic rock and sandstone topsoils. Christoph and his brother Matthias go to great lengths to ensure that the fruit they bring in is of the best quality. The grapes are hand harvested and transported in small crates to minimise damage to the berries. The fruit then undergoes a meticulous selection process before fermentation begins. Their wines are fermented with native yeasts and kept on the fine lees for prolonger periods of time to promote stability and complexity.
The two brothers have parcels growing in some of the top vineyards in the area including the Saziani, Klausen, Moarfeitl, Steintal and Buchberg - Styria’s oldest Sauvignon Blanc vineyard. Most of the vines are planted to local white varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Morillon (Chardonnay), Welschriesling, Weissburgunder, Gelber Muskateller, Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris) and Traminer.