The best vineyards in StrassThe greatest wealth of our village are the vineyards along the Strassertal valley most of which are oriented towards the south interspersed with basins among the hill facing southeast or southwest. The eastern part of the village boasts gentle hills also facing south and are covered with vines. Strass' best vineyards are Gaisberg and Wechselberg, which – due to their primary rock soil - account for very mineral wines with a great aging potential. Hasel and Stangl are two further vineyards of great importance followed by single vineyards like Brunngasse or Höllentor.
From a geological point of view Gaisberg hill has a lot to offer. We tend to separate the hill between southeast and southwest or upper and lower Gaisberg due to the fact that the soil varies depending on the altitude or the direction it faces. The southwestern and upper part of the Gaisberg hill boasts crystalline rocks of the Bohemian Massif. These sedimentary soils with gneiss and slate are ideal for growing Riesling and Neuburger wines with beautiful mineral flavors and a long life ahead.
A thin layer of loess soil covers the southeast or lower part of the Gaisberg hill. During the Ice Age loess was transported by wind and settled on the crystalline rocks of the eastern downwind side of the hill. Veltliner vines prevail in this part of the Gaisberg hill and account for very expressive and powerful wines.
Similar to Gaisberg hill Wechselberg hill is another example where the soils vary according to altitude or direction. The southwestern part also boasts crystalline rocks of the Bohemian Massif. Riesling wines grown in this rather small part of Wechselberg hill impress with abundant mineral notes, overwhelming finesse, clear-cut features and a very elegant style.
The southeastern part of Wechselberg hill consists of loess soil next to extremely heavy clay soils with gravel. An ideal spot for Veltliners with abundant spice, dark aromas and a great aging potential.
Hasel vineyard is oriented towards the south and has deep and fertile loess soils. These soils go back to the Ice Age where due to high pressure quartz, lime, mica and loam particles were pulverized. This type of soil is able to store a lot of water, which brings about that the vines hardly ever suffer dry periods and allow the grapes to fully ripen. Grüner Veltliner finds optimal conditions here and is, therefore, the major grape variety on Hasel hill.
Southwest of Hasel vineyard there is Brunngasse vineyard. From a geological point of view these two vineyards mainly differ in the composition of the soils. Whereas Hasel boasts several meters deep of loess soil, Brunngasse has only about half a meter of loess with gravel underneath. This forces the vines to grow their roots deep in order to get enough water. Grünen Veltliner, Zweigelt and Chardonnay are planted here.