building upon three generations of experience and pouring our heart and soul into our work results in excellent wine full of passion.
Our modern winery is situated in the middle of the vineyards, or „between the grapevines“ - Zwischen den Reben - as its address suggests. When you let your eyes wander over the extraordinary natural landscape of the Neusiedler See - Seewinkel National Park in the easternmost province of Austria, you will see that Illmitz is a place to feel at home, not only for the grapevines.
Our entire family from grandfather Heribert Salzl, to father Josef and son Christoph all enjoy living here. All three of us deliberately decided to become winemakers. We love the place where we live, and we love our work, which is our calling.
We see it as our task and aim to reflect the warmth and vastness of the region in our wines. While the lighter wines undergo classical vinification in steel tanks, the more mature wines age in small oak barrels.
In the Salzl family, winemaking is not just a craft. It is joy, experience and intuition that lead the family to find the ideal balance for every grape variety and vintage.
Lake Neusiedl and the small salt lakes next to it, cool winds and long summers: these are the ideal conditions offered by the Seewinkel region for people – and grapevines – to feel at home here. The region produces white wines, red wines and sweet wines of exceptional quality.
As there are so many grape varieties to choose from, making a choice seems difficult. Therefore, we in the Salzl family carefully and thoroughly select the varieties that are best suited for the soil, the climate and the vineyard and vinify the wines according to their character. Accurate selection of the grapes and meticulous vineyard management are a matter of course for us in the Salzl family. The result is a varied range of top-quality wines for every palate.
Growing wine in a region that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is situated in the middle of a national park is a great fortune for us in the Salzl family, but also means bearing great responsibility.
All this belongs to the rare terroir that can hardly be found in this form anywhere else in the world and that makes the region around Lake Neusiedl very special.
When selecting the vineyards and grape varieties, we try to find the ideal match for a grape variety to suit the soil. Vineyards in the best locations enable our family to make great wines reflecting the character and typical features of the region
the winemaking tradition in our family has deep roots. We have been growing wine since 1840. For decades, winemaking has just been one of several agricultural activities our family engaged in, until Heribert Salzl, the father of Josef and the grandfather of Christoph, refocused the family business and was among the very few farmers who relied purely on wine. While he was producing mainly white and sweet wines, he was awarded several gold medals, causing a sensation.
In the 1980ies, Josef’s focus began to shift towards red wines, and he thereby laid the cornerstone of our success today. With the 2000 vintage, the first year that he produced red wine, Josef Salzl made it into the 50 best red wines of Austria.
His son Christoph has been working full-time in the family winery since 2005. He made his debut with the wine SACRIS (from SAlzl ChRIStoph). SACRIS is a pure Zweigelt and to this day is still at the top of the quality pyramid at the Salzl winery. It is an impressive example of what great wines can be made from this Austrian variety.
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