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.