Klosterkeller Siegendorf

(The Siegendorf cloister cellar)

Siegendorf is located at the north-west shore of  the Neusiedlersee, a few kilometres away from Eisenstadt, the provincial capital of Burgenland. The first documentary evidence of this wine-growing village dates back to 1254, yet viticulture here dates from Roman times, while it is assumed that the first vines in Siegendorf were planted by the Celts.
The vineyards
The consolidated 24 hectares of vineyards are managed by the Lenz Moser winery, which leased them in 1988. The old vines were removed and were replaced by red varieties due to the region’s warm climate. This impressive vineyard is managed according to ecological criteria. The alleys are grassed throughout the year and weed is mechanically removed from the vines. In the event of a dry season, the entire area can be irrigated by means of a droplet irrigation system.
Climate and soil
The proximity to the Neusiedlersee, the south-west orientation of the vineyard, and the Pannonian climate offer favourable conditions for viticulture. The warm, loamy soil provides the ideal foundation for cultivating red wine grapes.
All red wines are subjected to malolactic fermentation. Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are for 6-18 months in barrels of Allier oak.
The wines
The main varieties in Siegendorf are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Weißburgunder (Pinot Blanc). The premium wine is O` Dora (Siegendorf cloister cellar), since autumn 1999 on sale. A cuvée of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc cultivated in barrels. A cuvée of traditionally matured Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon is sold under the label Siegendorf Rot.
The wines made in the Siegendorf cloister cellar are intended to be sold to restaurants and selected wine merchants. The total wine production in Siegendorf is around 100,000 bottles a year.