Weingut Rabl wine producer
With 80 hectares of their own vineyards, supplemented by buying from a further 20ha, family-owned
is one of the largest producers in the
region, and indeed in Austria. That’s still not very big in absolute terms: for all its fame, Austria produces only about 1% of the world’s wine.
Rudolph Rabl junior is winemaker and business manager, having joined his father Rudolph senior in the family business in 1986. They have a long history: the family have farmed their estate on the outskirts of the famous wine town Langenlois for centuries, and Rudi’s great-grandfather was selling wine in barrel to local innkeepers in 1900.
In the 1940s they were one of the first producers in the region to bottle their own wine, and in 1950 they began to produce separate bottlings from named vineyards. That bold move paid off a year later, when their Grüner Veltliner 1950 from the Käferberg vineyard won best wine in the whole Wachau-Kremstal-Kamptal region. Their wines have been regular trophy winners ever since.
Rudi is an advocate of spontaneous, wild yeast fermentation, and prefers to use skin contact for his whites rather than the whole-cluster pressing most Austrian producers employ. As well as the GVs and Rieslings expected of a Kamptal producer, Rabl make whites from other varieties including
From their warmest vineyards they even produce reds, from local varieties (Zweigelt, St. Laurent, Blauberger) and international ones (
). Rabl also keep alive the tradition of late-harvest sweet wines and
, when the vintage allows.
Decanting Club wines made by: Weingut Rabl
From Kamptal, Austria
Rabl, Grüner Veltliner, 'Langenlois'
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