Geyerhof

Proprietor: Ilse and Josef Maier
Founded: 1600
Website: Geyerhof Winery
Country Location: Austria

“Preserving nature and utilizing the vitality of the soil” is Ilse Maier’s motto at Geyerhof. There is a venerable history of making wine at Geyerhof but for many years now, the family has been managing vineyards organically, focusing on a sound eco-system and healthy soils.



Maier Family
The Maier Family

The People

400 Years in wine. Ilse Maier’s mother’s family has lived in the hilltop village of Oberfucha since the 16th century where the family began in agriculture and brickworks. In the 17th century, Maria Theresia, archduchess of Austria, granted the property owner, whose name was Geyer, a concession to transport wine on the Danube in trade with Hungary and other regions along the river. The ship on the wine label refers to this trade.

Geyerhof house
The Geyerhof house

Today, the winery is housed in a 16th-century structure built of brick, with cellars beneath it constructed between the early 1300’s and the late 1700’s. Among these, the “French cellar” where Napoleon’s army stored their wine rations during a battle in nearby Wagram.

Geyerhof bottles in cellar
Old bottles in the cellar

The room’s perfect temperature and humidity make it an ideal place to archive the best of each vintage. In 1986, after studying agriculture in Vienna and spending time in San Rapael, Argentina, Ilse joined her father in wine production. Today she works in the vineyards and the cellar, aided by her son Josef to produce wines reflective of their site.


Rosensteig Vineyard
The Rosensteig vineyard

In The Vineyard

Geyerhof organically farms roughly 20 hectares located on the hillsides around the winery. Promotion of beneficial species, sowing of nitrogen-absorbing plants, use of compost and rock flour for plant nutrition, and abstaining from the use of all pesticides, insecticides, botrytis and weed control substances as well as soluble mineral fertilizer are all standard practices.

Loess and alluvial soil east of the winery (Gaisberg and Rosensteig), primary rock to the northwest (Steinleithn and Kirchensteig), and loamy soil to the south (Hoher Rain). 60% of the vineyard area is planted to Grüner Veltliner, 20% to Riesling, and the balance to Zweigelt, Weissburgunder, Chardonnay, and Gelber Muskateller. Recent clonal selections came from the famous Knoll vineyards. Asked if biodynamic viticulture has ever seemed to be a next step, Ilse says she doesn’t believe it to be necessary—bio is not a “step up” from organic, just a different approach.


Ilse and the Bluedanube team in the cellar
In the cellar with Ilse and the Blue Danube team


In The Cellar

Fruit is handpicked and strictly sorted in the vineyard. Healthy clusters are pressed whole, and the must is intentionally oxidized in the press tray resulting in deeper flavors and greater age-ability. Wines are fermented and aged in 3,000 liter temperature controlled stainless steel tanks.

Geyerhof spotless winery
The spotless winery

The slow, even fermentation never exceeds 22 °C. A small percentage of whites and the red wine are aged in neutral oak tanks or barrels. Spontaneous fermentation is preferred, but never at the expense of quality. Malolactic fermentation is avoided in the whites. No other additions are used except for sulfur before bottling. Wines remain on the lees until just before settling, gentle filtration and bottling.

Geyerhof wedding barrel
Ilse's wedding barrel

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Wines:

Geyerhof
Grüner Veltliner Rosensteig

2015
WAS $22.95. Low inventory. Only 9 bottles left! Grown in deep loess (literally ... more >
$18.00  
Geyerhof
Grüner Veltliner Rosensteig

2016
Grown in deep loess (literally “loose”) and allu... more >
$23.95  
Geyerhof
Grüner Veltliner Steinleithn

2013 (1.5L)
WAS $75.95. Low inventory. Now in magnum format! The stony and mostly infertile... more >
$60.00  
Geyerhof
Grüner Veltliner Steinleithn

2015
The stony and mostly infertile soils of Steinleithn ... more >
$34.95  
Geyerhof
Grüner Veltliner StockWerk

2017
Low inventory. Only 5 bottles left. In German, StockWerk means the ... more >
$17.95  
Geyerhof
Zweigelt StockWerk

2015
WAS $15.95. Low inventory. Only a few bottles left! In German, StockWerk means ... more >
$12.00