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Zen Joseph

The winery is located in the municipality of Mailberg in the Lower Austrian wine growing region Weinviertel. The traditional family has been resident here since 1670. The current owner Josef Zens is one of the founding members of the Mailberg Valley Quality Association and for many years he was the chairman of the association and also of the local winegrowers' association. The vineyards comprise seven hectares of vines in for example the Altenpoint, Atlasberg and Hundschupfen vineyards. They are exclusively planted with white wine varieties, i.e. Grüner Veltliner (50%), Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Gelber Muskateller and Gewürztraminer. The cultivation is carried out according to ecological principles. The quality criteria are rigorous quantity restrictions with a yield of around 50 hectolitres/hectare through short pruning, appropriate leaf work and thinning out. The wines, fermented in stainless steel, are vinified in the classic dry method and aged in steel tanks and partly in large wooden barrels, depending on the variety. The aim is the independence of vintage and vineyard. The premium wines include Grüner Veltliner Ried Altenpoint, Rheinriesling Ried Hundschupfen and Gewürztraminer Ried Atlasberg.

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