Salomon Undhof

Austria, Kremstal

Founded in 1792 SALOMON UNDHOF is a wine estate with a long tradition. The Salomon family from the Wachau produces white wines from the best terraced "Urgestein" sites along the Danube River in Stein and Krems. Today Bert and Gertrud Salomon run the winery. The famous Riesling of the estate thrives on the topsites of Kögl and Pfaffenberg. The Grüner Veltliner Von Stein comes from the steep terrassed hills behind the old town of Stein. The best "loess" soils provide the Lindberg and Wachtberg Grüner Veltliner. All the grapes are harvested traditionally by hand only. Their great vineyard locations and meticulous work in the vineyards are prerequisites for their elegant wines. Wines with finesse and perfect mineral balance reflect the very special micro climate of this lovely river valley. The Estate’s Grüner Veltliner and Riesling distinguish themselves through elegance and consistency.

Berthold (“Bert”) Salomon, who manages to juggle hands-on management of his Finniss River Australia estate with that of his ancestral property in the urban borderland between Krems and sister city Stein, is on a roll, having over the past several years achieved increasingly consistent and impressive results at what was already among the Kremstal’s longstanding best addresses, not to mention among the area’s historical leaders and earliest estate-bottlers of Riesling. Salomon, who from 1992 headed the governmental Austrian Wine Marketing Board in its seminal stage, returned to his family estate a decade later to understudy and collaborate with his older brother Erich, who had run things there since 1971 but was ill, and died in 2007. The core of the Undhof vineyards is terraces in Stein and neighboring Krems bequeathed in the 14th century to the Hospital of the Holy Ghost in Bavarian Passau, from whom, amazingly, the Salomon family still rents some of them, returning a share of wine each year. David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate  (Nov 2015)

Berthold Salomon certainly has his hands full, what with a large domaine in South Australia’s Finniss River sector on top of his family’s Undhof estate, and with numerous other projects tangentially involved with wine growing. Somehow, though, he not only manages all this; he and his team are also clearly on a qualitative roll – at least, with the Gruner Veltliner that makes up their majority of production – and have once again delivered both excitement and value with 2012. David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate  (May 2014)