This is very much a family business and one with a relatively low profile, at least outside the German speaking countries. Production from 10 ha is roughly two-thirds Grüner Veltliner and one-third Riesling. Vineyard sites include Pichl Point with loess soils, which give a ripe, very fruit-rich Smaragd Grüner. It is also sometimes made in an ‘XL’ version (beyond Smaragd ripeness) of tremendous richness and texture; even if the balance seems precarious, it can age for up to 10 years. In contrast Grüner from Höhereck (40-year-old vines on stony soils) is more floral and mineral in style. For Riesling, both the pure, citrusy Steinriegl and concentrated, more structured Dürnsteiner Freiheit are both excellent examples.
To find out more about Schmelz and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Wine Guide Austria..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines.