SOILS

 

The Soil is our work valuble asset!

 

Pulkau, located in northwestern Weinviertel, is surrounded by vineyards within its own pictureque silhouette. The roots of the vines grow on the spur of the Manhartsberg mountain range, where two significant geological entities meet; the Bohemian Massif in Waldviertel and the Molasse Zone in Weinviertel.

 

The Bohemian Massif is one of the most prehistoric landscapes in Austria. It consists of what is known as primary rock; mostly granite, along with a multitude of metamorphic rock, such as gneiss, granulite, graphite, marble and quartzite. The Maissau granite is predominant in Pulkau, and was created as igneous rock some 555 million years ago. Our Riesling grows on optimal conditions in the Wehrleiten single vineyard site, displaying varietal typicity and character.

 

 

 

 

SOILS

 

The Molasse Zone forms the soils in the western region of Weinviertel. Some 35 million years ago, the ocean flooeded the Molasse Zone, also known as the Molasse trough. During the Neocene Period, our region was under water, and sediment and deposits began to settle. In the Quaternary Period, approximately 2 million years ago, the erosional debris of the glaciers into Alp tributaries were deposited south of Danube. Very fine particles of sand (loess) were then blown towards Weinviertel by prevailing westerly winds. This pale yellow, fine-grained calcareous loess form the outstanding soils for our indigenous varieties, from Grüner Veltliner to Zweigelt, produced as part of Pulkau's tradition.