The Region Rust
Rust is situated in the hilly winegrowing country of Burgenland/ Neusiedlersee.
The Burgenland owes its characteristic wines to the distinct Pannonian climate. The Pannonian climate is marked by cold winters will little snow, hot, dry summers and a long, mild Indian summer. The Neusiedlersee helps to regulate the climate. Its 320 km2 expanse mitigates the extreme temperatures and creates the ideal conditions for viticulture.
Viticulture in Rust
During the last centuries wine-growing in Rust was transformed, more or less radically, every few decades.
Following the phylloxera epidemic at the end of the last century, the vineyards were converted to grafted vines, adding new grape varietals. Today cellars are replacing the old wooden vats, used for many centuries to store the wine and allow it to age while serving as an important mode of transport, with stainless steel tanks.
Fermentation and aging of the wine in stainless steel tanks and French oak barrels - each new acquisition developed as a logical consequence of the last.
Old documents and records as well as stories told by the older winegrowers accompany us on a fascinating expedition to help us understand the recent changes in viticulture.
The vineyards in Rust, spreading over some 500 hectares, are divided vertically by the federal road leading to St. Margarethen, the road to Mörbisch marking the western boundary and the road to Oggau the eastern boundary. The difference in altitude ranges between 125 and 200 meters.
The best locations for grape production were established centuries ago and are internationally acknowledged.