The Austrian winery Salzl Seewinkelhof is located in Illmitz, surrounded by the picturesque lakes and plains of the Neusiedlersee-Seewinkel National Park in Burgenland. A good hour’s drive from Vienna lies this family winery that also provides comfortable 4-star accommodation in an attached guesthouse with a pool.
The history of the winery dates back to 1840. Josef Salzl restructured the winery in the 1980s, focusing on the production of high-quality red wines and thus laying the foundation for today’s success. Since 2005, his son Christoph has also been fully involved in the operation of the winery. He is taking over the business step by step in order to continue the family tradition. Three generations are currently working hand in hand to produce authentic wines with the greatest passion and care according to the motto “enjoyment and joie de vivre”.
Since 2009, the wines are vinified in the new winery surrounded by the vineyards of Illmitz. The estate is one of Austria’s flagship wineries, both from an architectural and from a technical point of view. The Salzl family currently cultivates an area of approx. 80 hectares. The focus is on the production of red wines that are known for their tenderness and warmth; typical characteristics of Seewinkel. The dominant variety is the Zweigelt, which is typical for the region because it enjoys ideal conditions in Seewinkel. In addition to Blaufränkisch, the second local grape variety, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah contribute to an international flavour. Chardonnay is the leading white wine variety.
White wines from Weingut Salzl
Red wines from Weingut Salzl
Sweet wines from Weingut Salzl
The Pannonian microclimate in Seewinkel – characterised by dry, hot summers and cold winters as well as the influence of Lake Neusiedl and the Pannonian lowlands – offers unparalleled conditions for the vinification of not only red wines but also white and sweet wines of the highest quality. Another regional peculiarity are the saline lakes of Seewinkel, which give the wines additional elegance, freshness and mineral notes. This is complemented by the perfect combination of fine sandy soils, light gravel soils and dark black earth soils.
If you would like to visit the Burgenland region and sample the wines of Salzl extensively, you should register for a tasting and book one of the beautiful guest rooms.
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Château Raymond Lafon
Located in the heart of the Sauternes area, this winery comprises 18 hectares, 16 of which planted with 80% Sémillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc. The maximum yield by law is 25 hectolitres per hectare. The yields at Raymond-Lafon average only 8 to 10 hectolitres per hectare; in other words, one vine will produce only one glass of delicious wine. Over several pickings, the grapes are harvested one by one according to their level of maturity. In some years, this can result in up to ten selected hand harvests. This alone lets one appreciate the great value of this wine.
André Clouet / Jean François Clouet
We didn’t find the low house, dating from the 17th century, straight away, even though the village of Bouzy is not very large. Modest buildings are grouped around a courtyard, behind which a vineyard lies, similar to a clos.