Founded in 1792 Salomon Undhof is a wine estate with a long tradition. The Salomon family own 20 hectares of vineyards which are planted with equal amounts of Riesling and Grüner Veltliner as well as a tiny amount of ‘Gelber Traminer’ on the best terraced sites along the Danube River in Stein and Krems. Today Bert and Gertrud Salomon run the winery.
The famous Riesling of the estate thrives on the top sites of Kögl and Pfaffenberg. The Grüner Veltliner Von Stein comes from the steep terrassed hills behind the old town of Stein. The best "loess" soils provide the Lindberg and Wachtberg Grüner Veltliner. All the grapes are harvested traditionally by hand only. Their great vineyard locations and meticulous work in the vineyards are prerequisites for their elegant wines. Wines with finesse and perfect mineral balance reflect the very special micro climate of this lovely river valley.
Matching each grape variety with the right soil and climate has always been the main focus of Salomon’s Viticultural efforts. The loamy soils offer optimum conditions for Grüner Veltliner, while the Riesling from Undhof thrives on primary rock soils in the single vineyards ‘Kögl’ and ‘Pfaffenberg’. These are soils identical with those of the Wachau, which borders on Stein in the west. The Estate’s Grüner Veltliner and Riesling distinguish themselves through elegance and consistency.
2017 Grüner Veltliner Wieden Kremstal DAC (Stelvin)
Encircled by a massive property wall, the Wieden vineyard adjoins the winery. Vines from the Wieden old Gruner Veltliner rootstocks have also been planted on the terraces of the neighbouring Kreuzberg vineyard and this wine is a blend of the two sites.
’From stony and sandy soils in Krems (Wieden, Wachtberg and Kögl, all planted with the old family clone), the 2017 Grüner Veltliner Wieden is ripe, bright and intense on the nose with delicate flinty aromas in the background. Juicy-piquant and mouthfilling, this is an elegant, intense, persistently aromatic and quite powerful but still delicious Veltliner with intense fruit and delicate freshness with grip and stimulating salinity. 88” Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate, Dec 2018
2017 Grüner Veltliner Lindberg Kremstal DAC Reserve (Stelvin)
This Grüner Veltliner reflects its cool, breezy origins in strikingly intense aromatics and bracing acidity. The vines in this single vineyard are 50 years and more, growing on loess over slate, located between the Kögl and Wachtberg. This wine should develop nicely for at least 15 - 20 years.
“From a cool and breezy spot between the Kögl and the Wachtberg, the 2017 Ried Lindberg 1ÖTW Grüner Veltliner is remarkably fine and coolish on the nose given the warm and early vintage. Very elegant and fine on the palate, this is an intense and powerful, densely textured and firmly structured yet still somewhat tannic Lindberg with a powerful finish. 92” Stephan Reinhardt Dec 2018
2015 Riesling Steinterrassen Kremstal DAC (Stelvin)
'This displays some of what Riesling and Grüner Veltliner can share with one another and with Sauvignon in the 2015 vintage. Honeydew melon, lime, green apple and white currant deliver a pungent nose and a tangy, invigorating palate impression. Drink 2017+.' 87 points, David Schildknecht, Vinous, February 2017.
2015 Riesling Undhof Kögl 1ÖTW Kremstal DAC (Stelvin)
A south facing terraced single vineyard in Stein composed of heavily weathered Urgestein with crystalline schist.
'From the Steiner monopole on crystalline bedrock soils, the classic 2015 Riesling Undhof Kögl 1ÖTW offers a pure and mineral but also contracted lemon bouquet with dusty aromas of crushed wet stones. Full-bodied, fresh and elegant on the palate, this is a lean and mineral but also dense, intense and persistent Riesling full of energy and finesse. It is a cool Riesling classic from Stein with lots of salt and tension. The alcohol of 13% comes along rather moderate. This is surely a long-distance runner that should be aged for several years. Harvested in the last week of October and in the first week of November. Drink 2022-2040.' 93 points, Stephan Reinhardt, RobertParker.com, September 2017.
2017 Riesling Alma (amphora) (Stelvin)
Fermented in three Georgian amphoras, de-stemmed and whole-berry fermented (that is, with their skins and seeds). “The 2017 Riesling Amphora Alma is based on grapes from the Erste Lage Grillenparz and was fermented on the skins in qvevris for five months. Intense in its golden-yellow color and pure and fresh on the bright shining nose, this is a powerful and dense, well-structured and concentrated Riesling with a silky-elegant texture and charmingly juicy and round fruit. Some grams of residual sugar perhaps. Quite powerful. Just 25 mg of free sulfur. 89” Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate, Dec 2018
2017 Riesling Pfaffenberg 1ÖTW Kremstal DAC Reserve (Stelvin)
Steep terraces, south facing single vineyard, overlooking the Danube. The hard weathered stone soil on the Pfaffenberg is composed primarily of gneiss and granite. This wine comes from the very old wines in this vineyard, 50 years and more and includes fruit from part of the Pfaffenberg vineyard that the Salomons farm for the Metternich family and for many years bottled separately.
‘The 2017 Ried Pfaffenberg 1ÖTW Riesling displays a clear and concentrated, very elegant bouquet of fully ripe and jammy stone fruits and Riesling berries. Lush and piquant on the palate, this is a round, intense and well-concentrated, densely textured Pfaffenberg with a firm and mineral structure, great tension and a lot of power. Lingering salinity here.’ Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate, Dec 2018
2013 Riesling Steiner Kögl 1ÖTW Kremstal DAC Reserve (Stelvin)
South-terrace single vineyard in Stein, heavily weathered Urgestein with crystalline shist. This wine comes from the very old vines in this vineyard, 50 years and more.
“Alluring aromas of yellow apple, lime and white flowers. Rich and dense, with flavors of quince and wild herbs, the 2013 Reserve is juicy and invigorating. More compact than the Undhof Kögl, the Steiner Kögl also has more depth. The two are essentially from the same terrace that straddles the border between two villages; this Riesling is from vines that are more than 50 years old.” Joel Payne Vinous Media Sept 2015
NV Riesling vom Kogl Eau de Vie (350ml) Clear Brandy distilled from Riesling skins from the Kogl vineyard (vino-lok closure).
NV Wachauer Marille Eau de Vie (350ml) Clear Brandy distilled from Wachau apricots (vino-lok closure).
Marc Gelber Traminer Eau de Vie (350ml) Clear Brandy distilled from Gelber Traminer skins (vino-lok closure).