In the 1700s, the Salomon family owned a shipping business transporting wine up the Danube River to Bavaria and Salzburg, and brought salt back. The trading business enabled them to acquire the ‘Undhof’, which was once a farm building of a Capuchin monastery in 1780. Since then, this old-established Wachau family has made their own wine in Krems-Stein. Today Salomon Undhof is one of the most progressive and quality-driven wineries in Austria.
Run by seventh generation Bertold (Bert) and his wife Gertrud, the winery is located on the western border of Krems where the family own 20 hectares vineyards, with Riesling and Grüner Veltliner in equal proportions. Wines are produced with respect to the environment and the determination to create the highest quality wines possible without destroying the balance within the vineyards. In addition, Salomon focuses on matching the variety with the right soil and climate in terms of viticultural efforts. The loamy soils offer optimum conditions for Grüner Veltliner, while the Riesling thrives on rock soils of single vineyards Kögl and Pfaffenberg. The location of the vineyards has an ideal and sharp climate, with sparse rainfall and plenty of sunshine.
Recently, the Salomons decided to modernize the style of wines to make them approachable when young. This was implemented with great success as the wines show terrific character with ripe and intense fruit, mineral complexities, and fine balanced acidity. These are the wines that can be enjoyed upon release but will gain extra layers of flavor when cellared.