One of the most remarkable aspects of the Wachau is the abundant presence of spectacular single vineyards. The biggest ones are well known but they are often surrounded by astonishing smaller terraces that are based on the same barren soil. The Höhereck, where Herbert Leonhartsberger’s Riesling grows, is one of these insider tip terraces. It is situated between Kellerberg and Loibenberg and faces the mid-day sun, which is responsible for succulent aromas of the Riesling. He also owns territory in the Mühlpoint and the Schütt; old Muskateller vines result in dynamic Federspiele, and where Sauvignon and Gewürztraminer further amplify the aroma spectrum.
Although Herbert believes that intuition is important in the winemaking process, the three years he spent learning the business with F. X. Pichler has left its marks. That is of course a good thing: it is important to understand Pichler’s approach if one wishes to produce similar qualities. And yet Herbert´s own wines are still highly unique.<o:p></o:p>
It is possible to sample the results in the Heurigen, which opens its doors at numerous times during the year. Herbert’s wife Nicole has brought a breath of fresh air into the Heurigen by complementing the range of classic Wachau specialities with innovative new creations of her own.<o:p></o:p>