With roughly seven hectares on loess and sandstone in Austria’s Kamptal wine district, Barbara Öhlzelt is bringing fresh and lithe wines back to a region more known for weighty, lactic extraction. She has a prime parcel in Heilgenstein to accompany plots in Seeberg and Kogelberg.
Barbara farms lutte raisonée, and the work in the winery sees glimpses of a time gone by, with the use of acacia wood barrels. In the Burgundian-like system, there is first a liter bottling of Grüner, light and sappy, followed by the Kellerweingarten from just behind the cellar. Then village bottlings of wines blended across the plots (Zobingers), and finally the single-site wines of Heilgenstein, Seeberg, and Kogelberg.