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Vineyard (site) in the municipality of Zöbing-Langenlois in the Lower Austrian wine-growing region of Kamptal. The "Zöbinger Heiligenstein" is a viticultural landmark of the Kamptal and was mentioned as early as 1280 in a monastic register as "Hellenstein" (Höllenstein). It is a closed nature reserve. Between the vineyards there are strictly protected dry grassland areas with flora and fauna that can otherwise only be found in far more southerly, Mediterranean regions. Geographically, the Heiligenstein is a 360 metre high mountain peak of the southern Manhartsberg, which is predominantly forested and only planted with vines on the southern slope.

Naming and climate

The often misunderstood name is derived from the "infernal sun" that burns down on this mountain and causes a hot, dry microclimate. It therefore has no religious or ecclesiastical background. The shell-shaped, south-facing basin creates a special microclimate. During the day, the vines and grapes are warmed by the intense sunlight and at night they are cooled by the winds from the higher Waldviertel. This promotes and emphasises the fruity aromas that are particularly desirable in white wines.

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