Robert Aldwin Schlumberger (1814-1879), born in Stuttgart, was the founder of the famous Austrian winery. He studied at the oldest champagne house in Reims Ruinart Père et Fils the art of champagne making. On a trip to the Rhine, he met his later wife Sophie Kirchner, gave up his secure position in Reims and moved to Wien in 1842. In a cellar in Vienna's Josefstadt district, he made his first attempts with Lower Austrian wines. In 1843 he acquired his first vineyards, like the vineyard that still exists today Goldeck in Bad Voeslau in the Thermenregion, There he was the first to plant in the heartland Austria the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot for red wines in barriques.
As a result, Robert Aldwin Schlumberger started producing with bottle fermentation after the Méthode champenoise, which at that time was still protected outside France today champagne was allowed to call. As he had learned in France, he pressed this white from the red variety Blue Portuguese (Blanc de noirs). On June 17, 1846, Schlumberger's "Vöslauer white sparkling wine" was presented for the first time. It was a phenomenal success and was exported from 1850 to all European countries including Turkey, India, Australia and North America. Schlumberger products were also included in the circumnavigation of the Austrian ship "Novara" from 1857 to 1859.
At the turn of the 19th to the 20th century, there was no top hotel or luxury passenger ship anywhere in the world that did not have sparkling wine and wine from Schlumberger. The products were considered to be equal to the big French. The name "Vöslauer Goldeck" is the oldest protected wine brand in Austria. In 1878, Schlumberger received the title Noble of Goldeck for his services. His heirs continued to run the winery. The turmoil of the Second World War was survived somewhat well. In 1973 the traditional company became part of the Underberg family business and a joint-stock company with headquarters in Bad Vöslau and in Wien Heiligenstadt. In October 2009 were sparkling wine competitors Kattus 100% of the business shares of Hochriegl Wein- und Sektkellerei GmbH including the production machines and all brands taken over. In mid-2014, Underberg sold the share package to entrepreneur Frederik Paulsen.
A wide range of sparkling wines are produced using the champagne method. This is done under the traditional name "Schlumberger" in white and rosé (Welschriesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir) and under "Goldeck" as a single-variety Grüner Veltliner sparkling wine Around 400 Austrian partner winegrowers sourced, grapes are also purchased. Through the so-called Winery point at the bottom of the bottle, Schlumberger guarantees traditional production with a manual one remuage (Shake by hand).
From the vineyard in Bad Vöslau there is the red wine "Schlumberger Privatkeller" (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon) exclusively for gastronomy. The red wine "Privatkeller" (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc) is made exclusively from the grapes from the in-house vineyard in Bad Vöslau with around ten hectares of vineyards. This company is a member of the winegrowers' association Do Felix Austria, The base wines for the brand "Hochriegl" come from the Weinviertel, mainly around Poysdorf as well as from Burgenland (Andau district). The company's annual production is around 5.5 million bottles of sparkling wine.