Emmerich Knoll wine estate
"A balanced wine programme with good viniculture"
The Emmerich Knoll wine estate in Unterloiben is one of the most renowned wine estates in Austria. In wine connoisseur circles, the traditional label enjoys a similar cult status to that of the wine itself.
Our buildings in Unterloiben breathes history, as its occupants are straightforward, charming and forthcoming. Cousin Emmerich Knoll and his son Emmerich junior, who shares his father's love of wine production and who spent his work placements all over the world, produce the best wines in the Wachau on their 14 hectares. The Schütt, Loibenberg, Kellerberg, Kreutles and Pfaffenberg sites produce around 45 % Riesling and Grüner Veltliner. The remaining 10% are split between Chardonnay, Yellow Muscat, Rivaner, Blauer Burgunder and for the last few years, Gelber Traminer.
Emmerich Knoll does not favour succulent, exuberant wines Dense wines which demonstrate strength in a compressed form but do not expand widthways; that is the credo of our top wine-making business. All of our wines are late "starters". The Schütt Riesling has the reputation of a primus inter pares among the Smaragd wines and their series of dessert wines produced in good years is also formidable.
Emmerich Knoll plans the terrain to best advantage and tinkers with the finer details with the precision of a Swiss clock-maker. The Kellerberg is one of the finest individual locations in the world and because of its specific geological nature produces very special wines. Their minerality and singularity make them wines which consistently distinguish themselves.
"Here, one can sit beneath the apple trees and enjoy rare speciality dishes with a bottle of the famous Smaragd wine from the family-owned estate and simply let the world go by."
Review from the Falstaff Restaurant Guide
Vinea Wachau Nobilis Districtus, the association for the protection of areas of origin for the Wachau wine-growing region, was founded in 1983. Its members produce wine exclusively from the Wachau wine-growing region. In accordance with the climatic conditions "Vinea Wachau" has created three categories of wine:
This is the name of the light, aromatic wines produced in the Wachau wine-growing region. The Steinfelder (Stipapinnata) - the feather-light grass of the steep vineyards of the valley landscape gave these cheerful wines their name. Steinfelder wines can be produced from all types of good quality Wachau white wines. The grapes are required to have a must weight of at least 15° KMW. The musts are always classically dry fermented. The alcohol content of these wines is a maximum 11.0 Vol.%, in other words, quite low. The Wachau is a wine-growing area that, due to its natural climate and soil conditions, allows wines to be pressed which have such a low alcohol content but which still fulfil the highest expectations in regard to charm and richness of nuance.
These are Wachau wines which have the Kabinett classification and a must weight of 17° KMW or more and an alcohol content of between 11.5 and 12.5 Vol.%. Without exception, these wines are classically dry-fermented and represent speciality wines which are achievable in this quality only in good locations and vintages. They are distinguished by their charmingly fruity character and their robust delicacy. The name Federspiel recalls the ancient custom of retrieving the hunting bird during falconry – a traditional form of hunting practised by the nobility in the Wachau in former times. Federspiel wines are an extension of the Steinfeder category and can be produced from all types of good quality white wine which are produced in the Wachau. They are pressed according to general legal requirements and are also subject to quality controls of the Vinea Wachau association.
This designation was first applied to wines of the 1986 vintage and now describes the best, most valuable wines from the Wachau. These wines, which have a minimum must weight of 18.2° KMW, ripen only on the sunniest vineyards and even then can be picked only in very good vintage years. Emerald (smaragd) lizards feel especially comfortable amongst the terraced vineyards of the Wachau. On fine days, they bask in the sun next to the grapevines and have become the symbol for Wachau wines with their mature physiological ripeness. These particularly valuable wines, with an alcohol content of 12.5 Vol.% or more can only be produced in the very best years. In keeping with ancient Wachau tradition they are dry-fermented until fermentation ceases naturally. Sweet wines with 9g/Lt or more of residual sugar are excluded. The bottles are sealed with long corks (min. 49 mm), which are stamped with the vintage. Even after 25 years or longer of being correctly stored these wines are still a source of joy. All types of good quality white wines are approved. Wines designated as “Smaragd” can only be sold after the 1st of May of the year following the grape harvest. The “Smaragd” wine category represents an exceptional Wachau speciality, which is therefore subject to appropriately stringent quality controls.