Loisium Wine & Spa Hotel Langenlois

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Getting Back to the Land

In eastern Austria, Loisium Wine & Spa Hotel Langenlois is serving up standout wines by embracing—and celebrating—the traditions of this famous wine-growing region.

Building a hotel in an area famous for both its wine and its history comes with a great responsibility. Fortunately, this was well understood by the folks behind Loisium Wine & Spa Hotel Langenlois, in the wine-country town of Langenlois, about an hour’s drive northwest of Vienna. Not only is the Hotel set amid lovely vineyards with close ties to a great wine museum, Loisium Weinerlebniswelt, but it’s a mere skip to the Danube valley with its monasteries and old castles (including one awarded UNESCO world heritage status).

We are taking over these vineyards from the older generations, and we want to make them lively, healthy, and sustainable for the generations to come.

Stefanie Jurtschitsch, Winemaker

We are taking over these vineyards from the older generations, and we want to make them lively, healthy, and sustainable for the generations to come.

Stefanie Jurtschitsch, Winemaker

No wonder then that the hotel doesn’t just associate itself with any wine—or just any winegrower, for that matter. Take, for example, Alwin Jurtschitsch and his wife Stefanie, who inherited legacy vines traipsing up sunny terraced hills in the Kamp Valley close to the hotel. When Loisium learned of the couple's decision to remove all pesticides, artificial fertilizers, and chemicals from the grape growing process, they were thrilled to welcome them into their community. And it’s a move that has paid off. By instilling traditional and organic wine-crafting techniques, the Jurtschitsches have produced Grüner Veltliner grapes responsible for numerous accolades and honors. 

Ironically it wasn’t easy for the couple to scale their business down to a size that they felt would enable them to achieve all of their goals. As Stefanie points out, “No one ever wrote about shrinking your business!” But shrink they did and with a noticeable boost in the quality of their product. Getting rid of chemical fertilizers isn’t just a marketing move, it’s one they truly believe in because to create those chemicals requires a tremendous amount of energy; they also degrade the land for future generations. But words aside, one need only taste their product to know that the Jurtschitsches love their work and wouldn’t do things any other way.

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BEYOND ORGANIC

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  • In most supermarkets one can usually buy three or four types of apples, but in Austria there are still approximately 800 varieties to choose from. Put another way, though few people may actually know it, Austria is a world leader in producing delicious produce and food. And many are produced without using genetically modified organisms (GMO).

     

    Interesting, but does this really matter? Absolutely, say the growers at Arche Noah, in Langenlois, who discuss the negative attributes of GMO here and point out that some 75 percent of the world’s food species have recently become extinct.

     

    The debate about genetically modified food is not a new one, but the knowledge shared in this video may well surprise you. For example, why do we need 500 different types of carrots in the world? Isn’t a carrot a carrot? Not so, says local grower Katrin Ehlert, who notes that some carrots survive better than others in a local climate. And then there’s the whole issue of seeds and food resilience. In short, it’s eye-opening!

  • I grew up in the countryside and thought: There has to be something bigger than organic!

    Katrin Ehlert, food grower, Arche Noah

THE GOOD EARTH

Old Ways and New Wines

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  • “Yes, we are farmers,” says Alwin Jurtschitsch, "this is our work, our tradition, and handcraft in the best sense of the word.”

     

    It’s this quest for the absolute best, that wife Stefanie says led them to produce a wine style “characterized by the idea of terroirs without compromise.”

     

    The couple speaks not only from the heart, but from experience. Together, they traveled around the world, gathering wine-growing knowledge in New Zealand and Australia. Working as interns in famed wineries in France, they also got to know the French school of the Old Wine World. It’s little reason, then, that when they open up about their own wine-producing philosophies, as they do here, people in the business sit up and take notice.

  • We’ve become more traditional. We want to create the most authentic wines you can find. So to do this, we decided to become smaller!

    Alwin Jurtschitsch, WINEMAKER

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