Wine-growing has been part of the House of Esterházy for more than 250 years, and it has evolved to today‘s standard of quality with the opening in 2006 of a state-of-the-art new winery near Eisenstadt.
The House of Esterházy dates back to the 13th century. The princely line was founded in 1687 by Emperor Leopold I. Empress Maria Theresia loved the wine born from the lake’s mild climate and refined in the Esterházy cellars. And the world-famous composer, Joseph Haydn, wanted to have part of his salary as the court musician paid in wine.
Esterházy Estate is Europe’s first B-Corp Certified winery. According to the Certified B Corporation website, “Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.”
The dedicated team of Weingut Esterházy brings international experience and great passion for viticulture and enology together on the highest level. Esterházy interprets the unique, distinctive heritage and centuries-old tradition of the estate in a way that keeps it current – an approach that is validated by the numerous awards and accolades their wine receives, both at home and abroad.
Nature-friendly cultivation is highly important for all Esterházy’s wines. They avoid the use of herbicides and insecticides, practicing natural methods that animate the vines to root deeply in the soils. The “Leithakalk”, a unique regional marine limestone, lends minerality and structure to the wines.
Organic methods are used daily in the vineyards. For example, during the bud break phase, they spray fine seaweed dust mixed with sulfur and copper for the mineral strengthening of the vines. The diversity of the sites, the different soils, and the climatic particularities define Esterházy wines as special representatives of the region.
Esterházy’s new winery is one of Austria‘s most modern wine cellars, with its unique vinification technology. But the technology still relies on perfect grapes. The perfect harvest times, the precise grape selection, and optimal processing result in the superb wines they strive to make year after year. State-of-the-art equipment ensures that grapes are handled with utmost care. Gravity is used rather than pumps. And due to extremely careful handling, the wines are not exposed to any unnecessary stress as they gently flow into the bottles.