The grapes to produce the Riesling Spitzer Federspiel Weingut Johann Donabaum were harvested at optimal maturity and meticulously sorted. Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, in order to retain the purity of fruit and the ultimate expression of the Spitz terroir.
The grapes come from the Spitz vineyard in Western Wachau. The vines are grown on steep hillside terraces which make up several vineyards in the Spitzer Graben. The vines are planted with a south-western orientation. Cooling breezes help to keep the climate temperate. The soils are very sandy and have high heat retention properties. The soil’s composition is the result of weathering of the local rocks and it is dominated by pegmatite and calc-silicate gneisses, which have low water retention and help to
impart structure to the resulting wine.
After only a few years, Johann is carving out a formidable reputation for concentrated, mineral-laden white wines. His wines are always in high demand. The production from his five hectares of hillside vineyard in the Spitzer Valley is minuscule, but despite this, his prices remain really competitive.