Localization: Wachau, Austria
Tasting Notes: It is characterized by a noble fragility and plays many different roles when consumed. At times tart and salty, at times reminiscent of peaches, each sip creates a new association. The Riesling Smaragd® from Steinertal polarizes and the vineyard itself leaves its mark more than any other cru in the Wachau - pure & straight!
94-96 points, Falstaff: “Medium yellow-green, silver reflections. Delicate mineral vein, white tropical fruit, a hint of vine peach, nuances of lime zest, attractive bouquet. Juicy, elegant, yellow peach, fine acidity, harmonious, persistent, will improve, definite ageing potential. 94-96 points.” --Peter Moser, Falstaff Wine Guide Austria 2021/22
Food Pairing: roasted vegetables, rice dishes and pasta
The Domain: The Mittelbach family‘s Tegernseerhof, located in Unterloiben, just below Dürnstein, boasts a tradition dating back to the year 1002. The original facilities were built in 1176 by the Benedictine community of the Tegernsee Abbey. For centuries, the abbey was where the Bavarian monastery produced its wine. At the turn of the 19th century, it was acquired by the Austrian Empire and later went into private ownership.
Franz Mittelbach and his wife, Mathilde, are the fifth generation of Tegernseerhof owners. Since the 1970s, they have been continuously running the Tegernseerhof as a family business. Today, Martin Mittelbach, the son of Franz and Mathilde, is the current part of this history.
The Tegernseerhof vineyards flourish on stone terraces whose verdant soil plays host to a rich variety of indigenous fauna. Among the best-known, excellent locations and wines are Bergdistel, Schütt Hoehereck and Loibenberg (for Grüner Veltliner) as well as Bergdistel, Loibenberg, Steinertal and Kellerberg (for Riesling).
Our Estate is a member of the exclusive association “Vinea Wachau”, therefore the vinification follows the strict regulations of the “Codex Wachau“.