The Zull winery is located in Schrattenthal, the smallest wine town in Austria, 80 kilometers north of Vienna. First mentioned in 1220, Schrattenthal is an historic municipality in northwestern Weinviertel – bordering to both the cooler Waldviertel region and to the Czech Republic.
The Zull winery is small and manageable with a vineyard area of 20 hectares. Around 80,000 vines are cultivated in 24 different plots, mainly in the mid-height training system. The vineyards are located in the municipal areas of Schrattenthal, Pulkau and Retz and planted with 75% white and 25% red grape vines. This results in an annual production of around 120,000 bottles (0.75 liter). 65% of the wines are presently being exported to 17 countries.
With respect for nature, the Zull winery manages the vineyards with consistent renunciation of herbicides and artificial fertilizers. For the sustainable support of flora and fauna, only plant protection products are used that are safe for other beneficial plants and organisms. As an environmentally conscious farm, the winery meets the requirements of strictly controlled integrated production (KIP). Through sustainable composting, alternating greening of the vineyards and application of compost tea, the Zull winery not only takes care of the environment, but also increases soil fertility. Most of the work steps are done by hand – manual harvesting is a matter of fact. The winery has been certified sustainable Austria since 2019.
Geology and Terroir
The vineyards around Schrattenthal are located between 260 to 360 meters above sea level, about the same latitude as the French wine-growing region of Alsace. The continental climate with dry, hot summers allow the vines to be deeply rooted, while cold nights in the ripening period give the grapes their distinctive aroma. The vineyards are shielded by the nearby hills of the Manhartsberg, which protect against cold winds and support optimal ripening of the grapes. Around the Winery Zull in Schrattenthal, the sandy loess soils are mainly used for Grüner Veltliner, but also for red wine. Riesling is cultivated on the primary rock soils of the Manhartsberg, where granite lies under a thin layer of humus, only 20 centimetres – the guarantee for delicate minerality of this grape variety. The calcareous clay soils of the vineyards in Pulkau and Retz are perfect for the full aromas of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.