The history of the "Nikolaihof Wachau" winery in Mautern in the wine-growing region Wachau goes back two thousand years, it is one of the oldest companies in Austria, Some of the buildings stand on Roman foundations. In the court association are the remains of the early Christian Agapitus basilica, in which a synod took place under Bishop Pilgrim of Passau in 985 AD. In the Riede Burggarten there was once a camp for Charlemagne (742-814). The former Freihof was first documented in 1075 as the central seat of the estate administration of the Passauer Stift St. Nikola. Today's chapel was built by the Augustinian canons. Receptions and wine tastings are held today under the restored Gothic vault of the repurposed chapel. The Nikolaihof has been owned by the Saahs family since 1894, connected to a wine restaurant and the "ad vineas Nikolaihof guest house". The business is run by Nikolaus and Christine Saahs.
Nikolaihof has had one for around 350 years wine press wooden. It is considered the largest of its kind in the world and is fully functional. The press tree is over 12 meters long and was chopped from the trunk of a single elm. The roughly 2,000 kilogram pressed stone is cranked up by hand. The basket holds up to ten tons of grapes. Until the early 1990s, this was exclusively used tree Press worked. It has been restored and started up again in October 2012. In a video (click to view) the tree press of the Nikolaihof in action can be admired in time lapse.
The vineyards cover 22 hectares of vineyards in the vineyards dog, In the vineyards, Klausberg and Vom Stein. You are 90% with Riesling and Green Valtellina, the rest with yellow muscatel. Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc ( Pinot Blanc ) Neuburger and Chardonnay planted. In some locations, the vines are 50 years old. The majority is in Mautern, but the Rieden Hund and Klausberg are on the other bank of the Danube and are part of the wine-growing region Kremstal, For many years, since 1994, the rules of the Biodynamic viticulture worked, the winery is a member of the worldwide organic farmers' association DEMETER, Accordingly, according to the moon phases worked.
In the vineyard, fertilizers and fungicides. herbicides. insecticides etc. waived. The wines are produced without technical and chemical aids with the vineyard's own yeasts in large oak barrels from about 2,000 to 12,000 liters fermented spontaneously and in extreme cases they are stored for up to 20 years in the historic Roman wine cellar. The product range includes various white wines from the regional brands Federspiel. Steinfeder and emerald according to the guidelines of the association Vinea Wachau Nobilis Districtus, Around 100,000 bottles of wine are produced annually, of which 50% are exported. Apricot toast, apricot jam, compote, mustard, schnapps, liqueur. vinegar and much more. produced.