The Kellergasse Gruner Veltliner is produced by Barbara Öhlzelt, Barbara is a superb young female winemaker that is incredibly agro focused in terms of farming, she even has her own cattle and is very much the outdoorsy type that cares for the nature around her. She has this pure minimalist approach to making wine and maintains sustainability throughout from grape growing to juice in the bottle. The label is made from an artist friend of hers (yes we back to the cool funky label amazingly!), this very much underpins her sustainability efforts, every little care is taken to look after the environment as much as possible. Her vision was to develop Riesling, Grüner Veltliner that showed the true regional character using a single vineyard philosophy.
Barbara Öhlzelt produces exclusively white wines with a focus on Gruner Veltliner & Riesling. Her husband, a restaurateur – Karl Schwillinsky, is actively supporting her, in 2007 they jointly launched the “Kamptal Verjus” and successfully positioned themselves. Handwork is a big topic for Barbara Öhlzelt in the vineyard. The vineyards of the Riesling Kogelberg are 65 years old and are cared for completely by hand – without the use of a tractor or heavy machinery, eliminating all chemical inputs. All of their wines are under the symbol of a goat – the “vineyard goat” and are vinified in the traditional cellar at the foot of the Seeberg.
The Barbara Öhlzelt Kellergasse Gruner Veltliner has a delicate pale yellow tone, with bright green apple on the nose, paired the hallmark Grüner Veltliner characters of white peach stone fruit, citrus, and a touch of white pepper spice. The wines are an expression of purity and that is at the core of these wines. They have an almost alpine quality – loads of minerality, herbaceous notes and an ice cold crisp finish. The production is tiny, so small that we are just managing to beg Barbara for enough wine to sell to the UK market.