Austrias answer to Champagne
Christoph Hoch is a master in sparkling wines. He captures the minerality of the soil. His Kalkspitz is a light and refreshing Pet Nat, whereas his Kalkreich could easily compare the great vintage champagnes. His wife Julie makes amazing Pet Nats with grape juice and herbal teas. These dry refreshing Pet Nats are a perfect aperitif – light in alcohol and bonedry.
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Long tradition in winemaking
“I want to inspire emotions!” With the methods of the past and the knowledge of today.”
The Christoph Hoch winery is located in the Kremstal (Krems Valley) in Lower Austria, in the village of Hollenburg. The Hoch family’s history can be traced back to the 17th century where they were occupied with ship navigation on the Danube as well as agriculture.
Christoph Hoch took over the winery in 2013 with the experience of all those centuries behind him. He followed the traditional methods of his ancestors and now applies bio-dynamic viticulture out on the vineyards (DEMETER certified).
“I want to apply the old traditional methods to coax the maximum out of the terroir for my wines.”
Christoph aims to express the characteristics of his homeland: the highly calcareous and alkaline soil made up mostly from conglomerate rock. Pannionian climate mixes with the winds from the Atlantic, cultivating most of all Grüner Veltliner and Riesling.
“The main goal is to achieve the highest possible complexity in the wines.”
The Grüner Veltliner, indigenous Austrian grape variety, has become quite popular worldwide. It doesn’t require a particularly warm climate, but it does need lots of rain. That’s why the Austrian soil is so perfect for this grape. It can be crisp and refreshing, or peppery and aromatic. Christoph’s Hollenburger Grüner Veltliner unites all of these characteristics in an elegant result.
Christoph Hoch wines
The intense Hollenburger Riesling grows on calcareous soil, is fermented in used oak barrels. Expect some salty fruitiness – yes, both at the same time!
Beside the two white wines, Christoph also has some remarkable sparkling wines in his repertoire. They have been released in 2017, and have become super popular in the natural wine world. The Kalkspitz, the Kalkreich and the Rosé Rurale, which we’re proud to present in our selection, are made with the most traditional ancestral method. They don’t get degorged, the wine ferments in the bottle. It stays beautifully cloudy; all three super special and super different, so just try them in a row.