The Nikolaihof estate has been farmed for over 2000 years - one of the longest-lived estates in Austria. The family that currently operates the estate, the Saahs family, has been managing the land since the late 1800s. The land has always been organic in practice, and in the early 1970's the family began experimenting with biodynamic viticulture. Having achieved positive results, biodynamic viticulture and winemaking continued, and the estate was certified by Demeter in 1998. They are one of the longest-practicing biodynamic estates in the world.
The Wachau, as a wine region, is best known for Riesling and Gruner Veltliner. Nikolaihf's "Hefeabzug" Gruner Veltliner is a solid example of value for complexity. Austrian for "aged on yeast", the Hefeabzug sees longer time in contact with it's lees than usual, adding creamyness to an otherwise light, racy wine. Sweet pea, jasmine blossom, and golden grapefruit meld with a pleasant grassyness and mineral finish. Great with roast chicken, sausages, game meats, and Alpine cheeses, this is a user-friendly Gruner!