Weinviertel's soils are high in loess deposits formed during the Ice Age, favouring the cultivation of characterful white wines. The wines of Roman Pfaffl are a case in point. Pfaffl took over the reins from his parents in 1978 and is now assisted by his son, Roman Jr.
Extending to 80 hectares, the vines are dispersed across Weinviertel in the south, and Vienna. Some of the vineyards have quartz sandstone, others the typical gravel, sand and clay of the Vienna Basin, while others still are located on the Bisamberg on the edge of Vienna, with its sandstone and marl. Roman Pfaffl Sr. believes the estates shape the wines: “A peppery Weinviertel DAC grows on the south-facing slope of Zeiseneck. With its old vines, Hundsleiten is the original estate, along with Haidviertel, Altenberg, Rossern, In Goldenen Jochen and the rest. The terraces of Sonnleiten are unusual, carved out on the steep south-facing slope and protected against northerly winds on the north side by a wall.”
Whilst Pfaffl’s particular interest is Grüner Veltliner, Riesling, Sauvignon blanc, Pinot blanc and Chardonnay are also cultivated. In the red camp, the indigenous Zweigelt and St. Laurent are joined by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.