Christoph Hoch is a twelfth generation winemaker based out of Hollenburg Austria: a small town just south of Danube River in Kremstal. His estate boasts a total of 12 hectares of biodynamically farmed vineyards with which he produces around 5,500 cases of wine each year. Christoph focuses primarily on Gruner Veltliner, Austria's most famous white grape, as well as other cool-climate varieties such as Riesling.
Christoph's fundamental winemaking goal is letting his homeland's unique terroir speak through his wine. Chalk, clay, and river stones leftover from when the Traisental and Danube Rivers collided litter his vineyard and impart tangible minerality into his wines. He encourages mustard, rye, and phacelia to grow throughout his vineyard to bolster and reintroduce nutrients to the soil. Mustard imparts sulfur, rye contributes carbon, and phacelia works with the rye to replenish nitrogen. Christoph's winemaking style is notably almost completely traditional and hands-off. All of his wine begins its journey in neutral wood barrels for indigenous yeast fermentation and aging typically occurs in these same barrels. Christoph also allows some of his wines to go through malolactic fermentation which is a traditional yet uncommon approach in the region.
Christoph Hoch makes his living pushing the envelope and his excitement translates into his wines. This unique Gruner Veltliner is an interesting nonvintage blend that Christoph designed specifically to emphasize Hollenburg terroir. It exhibits beautifully mature fruit notes of golden apple, apricot, and citrus along with Gruner's classic herbal character and plenty of delicious minerality. It manages to speak of grape and soil without makeup in a way only the classic wines of the world can.
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