The winery is located in the Freistadt Rust in the Burgenland (Austria). The Freihof dates from the 15th century and is World Heritage the UNESCO. The business is run by Erich and Claudia Giefing. Erich Giefing ran the “Backstube” toque restaurant in Rust and has been fully dedicated to viticulture since the mid-1990s. The vineyards cover 16 hectares of vineyards in the vineyards Bandkräftn. Gemärk, Rieglband, outline and forest. They are 90% like red wine (50%), Zweigelt. Pinot Noir. Syrah. Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot and St. Laurent, as well as 10% with the white wines Chardonnay. Furmint. . Pinot gris and Neuburger planted.
The oldest vines ( Blaufränkisch ) are over 60 years old. In the production oriented towards nature, the use of herbicides and insecticides renounces and successfully the disrupter applied. Each vine is checked several times from spring to autumn to guide it in the desired direction. It will shoots broken out and excess grapes removed to a maximum physiological maturity to get. Depending on the growth and nature of the vine and grape, a maximum of six to eight grapes are grown on Rebstock leave. The average achieved earnings is extremely low 30 hl / ha.
The vinification of the wines is based on the operating philosophy of not producing cheap wines, but rather wines with individual, characterful styles, away from any mainstream with the taste of the region. They are in depending on the type of wine stainless steel tanks or expanded. The flagship of the house is the red wine cuvée “Cardinal” ( Blaufränkisch , Zweigelt, CS) which has been aged in new barriques for 26 months. Other premium wines are Blaufränkisch Reserve, Pinot Noir Cavallo, St. Laurent Reserve and the cuvée "Marco Polo" (Syrah, Merlot, CS). This top line is only produced in particularly good years. In weather-appropriate years, too Rust outbreak vinified. The artist labels designed the painter Gerhard Almbauer. In addition, bottle fermentation is also carried out sect. vinegars ) (Spicy vinegar, drinking vinegar ) generated. The winery is a member of the associations Renowned wineries Burgenland (RWB) and Cercle Ruster outbreak,