JOSEPH HOFSTÄTTER
Vigna Rechtenthaler Schlossleiten

Hofstätter classification

Single vineyard wines

The Gewürztraminer Rechtenthaler Schlossleiten impresses with opulent fruit aromas: highly ripe apricot, Williams pear, blossom honey, and acacia. It is generous and well concentrated in the mouth with intense aroma and bright acidity. The opulent fruit sweetness remains pleasantly elegant on the long finish.

Grape Variety

Gewürztraminer, late harvest

Soil

Marl, limestone gravel.

Food
pairings

Chocolate with high cacao content, chestnut mousse with persimmon, or ripened soft cheese.

Serving temperature

8° - 10° C

Vinification

After arrival at the winery, the ripest grapes are hand selected individually from grape bunches. They are then lightly crushed and the must is left to macerate on the grape skins to enhance fruit expression. After gentle pressing with a classic vertical basket press and natural clarification through sedimentation, the wine ferments under controlled temperatures. After fermentation, the Gewürztraminer Vigna Rechtenthaler Schlossleiten matures for a further 8 months on the fine lees and stirred once a week (bâttonage).

Rechtenthaler Schlossleiten Farmstead

The Vigna Rechtenthaler Schlossleiten is a small parcel and precious cru in our Tramin vineyards. This “leiten” (local dialect for ‘steep vineyard’) above the Rechtenthal Castle is blessed with a special microclimate. The temperature conditions are "upside down" in this exceptional location. When the sun rises in the morning, it warms the vineyard slope from the top downwards, while below, the cool evening air remains longer. Crisp, cool air helps preserve desirable acidity in the Gewürztraminer grapes that are cultivated here. Due to the tremendous potential of this vineyard, we gladly accept the gruelling manual labour that this incredibly precipitous terrain demands.

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Our vineyards and sites

Opposite Tramin-Trameno, on the east side of the valley, is the Mazon plateau with its exceptional vineyards. The denomination "Vigna" indicates a wine that comes from a well defined parcel and guarantees its provenance. This ranking gives the wine the typicality, style and character of the vineyard where it was born.

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4 Generation

Josef Hofstätter, a trained locksmith, operated a small restaurant in Tramin together with his wife Maria and produced wine in their cellar. Being business savvy and forward-thinking, he founded a winery in 1907 and successfully traded wine.
Josef Hofstätter passed away childless in 1942 and his wife continued to run the business, assisted by their long-time employee, Konrad Oberhofer.

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