Roter Veltliner is a grape variety from the region. It has bright red berries. In 1837 Johann Burger describes it in detail in his book:
“Local terms. Everywhere in Austria, this grape is known under the name “Rother Muskateller”, which name is very improper, and causes confusion, because this grape has no Muscat taste, i.e. it is no muskrat, and there is a true red Muskatell grape, which is called in Austria “rote Schmeckende”.. The berries are medium-sized, almost small, ovate, fleshy, thick-skinned, brownish-red, with a grayish-reddish fragrance; the berries, less exposed to the sun, are partly green; The juice is very sweet, but has no taste of muskat. The grapes are big, crowded, winged, triangular.
The grape stem short, brownish red, tough.
The leaves have an oblong triangular shape, with five lobes. The middle lobe is particularly long, the incisions of the lobes, bays are deep and arched. The surface is dark green, smooth, and shiny on the upper leaves; the lower surface, the back, is light green, with a very thin, woolly approach, but not noticeable on the upper leaves. The teeth of the edge are pointed. The Rothe Muskateller is a precocious, and if the weather is favorable during the flowering season, abundant grape. It matures in a sunny position around the middle of September, and, according to the Burgundy species, is the first to appear in the market in Vienna, for which reason it is difficult to understand, as Metzger writes, that it is only properly matured in good vintages; in small years it is usually only half-ripe, and then only gives a sour wine.
From Krems via Langenlois, Gobelsburg, Rohrendorf, Hadersdorf and Thürenthal, this grape is predominant in the extensive vineyards of these villages, and one is so convinced of the advantages of this grape that one excludes all the other vines when planting new vineyards , The wine from Rohrendorf, Langenlois, Gobelsburg, partly from Krems, is made almost entirely from Rothen Muskateller grapes. “
Josef Mantler has worked with this grape since the 1930s. Since then it is cultivated on Mantlerhof, making our winery one of the first to work with it.
The Rote Veltliner was sensitive to flowering: in bad weather during flowering it tended to be poorly fertilized (“trickling”). He is not susceptible to dryness, but very much to Botrytis.
It shows its qualities as wine in good grape ripeness. It has a rich bouquet and is mouth-filling and long on the palate. It has the reputation of good storability.