Neusiedlersee-Hügelland is a sub-region of Burgenland, and it is home to the DAC region of the Leithaberg. The Leithaberg is a low mountain range to the west of Lake Neusiedl with a unique mix of marine limestone and mica schist soils. The region is dominated by these two geological features: the lake moderates the temperatures and produces a lot of humidity; the mountain range is a funnel for cooler air at night. This is why so many varied wines are produced in this small region, from the famous sweet wines of Rust grown in the silty sand soils along the lake, to the minerally, straight and juicy red wines grown in the limestone and mica schist of the mountain.
Markus’ family has been in the region for over 500 years, and like most of the farmers in the area, the ancestry farms were mixed-use with animals, agricultural crops and wine. In the 1990s, Markus’ father moved the entire production to wine and Markus joined the winery in 2006. Markus converted the 11 hectare winery to nearly 75% Blaufränkisch, and started experimenting with organic production when a young woman named Bernadett came from Upper Austria to work the harvest. She had completed courses on wine theory and wanted practical experience in wine making. She never left, and now they are married and in their third year of organic conversion.