The Sonnenmulde organic winery of the Schreiner family is located in Gols, one of the most famous and successful wine-growing communities in Austria. Gols is on the north-eastern shore of Lake Neusiedl in Burgenland and the estate has been owned by the family for many generations. The name Sonnenmulde originated from a vineyard situated in a hollow and the winery's logo, the vine-crowned sun, has always been on the label of the wines.
Excellent soils and the best climatic conditions are the foundation for the high quality fruit grown each year. The wines then focus on the pure natural expression of each year's fruit and all wines are also vegan. Many years of experience combined with an uncompromising dedication to organic farming and the highest standards in vineyards and cellar alike, guarantee top quality in all wines.
A lot has changed through many generations but all current family members are still involved in the winery. Today the siblings Andreas and Kathrin Schreiner run the business, supported by their families. The grandparents Renate and Hans also continue to provide advice and assistance.
Since 2005 all farming has also been organic. There is a holistic approach which includes intensive work with the soil, cover crops, and all other living organisms that populate a vineyard, as opposed to a simplistic, sole focus on the vines alone. Everything revolves around the formation of a diverse ecosystem including soil revitalisation through green manure and compost which provide all of the nutrients that the vines need without chemicals or artificial fertilizers. Many useful insects find their ideal habitat in such an organic vineyard, keeping pests in check and attracting larger animals like birds and mammals. The vital environment leads to healthy and strong vines that grow the very best grapes, full of sweetness and natural aromas. The native animals and plants in the vineyards are also represented on the labels of each wine. Each symbol shares a special characteristic or a story with each individual wine.
Specific cover crops for the characteristics of each vineyard
The sunny vineyards of Gols, at the northeast corner of the Neusiedler See in Burgenland
Kathrin und Andreas
Heideboden Grüner Veltliner 2021 (OC, NF)
Aromas include white flowers, honeysuckle, gardenia, pineapple, peach compote, and Asian spices. Flavors include honeydew melons, green apples, and white peaches. There is a medium to full body, perfect balance and acidity, and a lush rich full finish.
Food pairings would include sole, shrimp, crab, scallops, branzino, clams, mussels, paella, seafood pasta and salads, veal, pork, chicken, Asian pork, chicken, seafood, noodles, and appetizers, Mexican pork, chicken, and seafood dishes, green salads, and mild, medium, and hard cheeses.
Donauriesling 2021 (OC, NF)
Donauriesling is a hybrid variety based on Riesling and disease resistant rootstocks developed by prominent viticultural institutes in Germany and Austria. Although there are noticeable characteristics of Riesling in the wine, I think the wine is also a bit rounder and fuller bodied than most Rieslings.
Aromas include white flowers, honeysuckle, narcissus, citrus blossoms, white grapefruit, pineapple, and pear. Flavors include honeydew melon, McIntosh apples, white grapefruit, and pear. There is a medium body, perfect balance and acidity, and a refreshing medium to full finish.
Food pairings would include shrimp, crab, scallops, calamari, octopus, sole, halibut, branzino, red snapper, seafood pasta and salads, paella, veal, pork, chicken, creamy pasta dishes, pasta with light tomato sauces, Asian seafood, pork, chicken, vegetable, and noodle dishes, yellow curries, Mexican pork, chicken, and seafood dishes, enchiladas, tacos, tamales, green salads, and mild, medium, and creamy cheeses.
Welschriesling 2021 (OC, NF)
Welschriesling, which is better known as Grasevina in Croatia, is not actually related to Riesling at all. Welsch is a German word which means “coming from Southern Europe” which is definitely not where Riesling is from. The soils and microclimate around Neusiedler See in Burgenland were found to produce particularly expressive wines from this very rare variety.
Aromas include honeysuckle, jasmine, narcissus, gardenia, citrus blossoms, white grapefruit, and white peaches. Flavors include honeydew melon, white grapefruit, yellow apples, pear, kiwi, starfruit, and a hint of cherries. There is a medium body, perfect balance and acidity, and a refreshing medium finish.
Food pairings would include sole, shrimp, crab, scallops, halibut, red snapper, swordfish, clams, calamari, seafood pasta, salads, and soups, paella, veal, pork, chicken, white meats with creamy sauces or mushrooms, Asian pork, chicken, seafood, noodle, and vegetable dishes, creamy yellow curries, dishes with coconut milk, Mexican chicken and seafood dishes, enchiladas, tacos, tapas, green salads, and mild to medium cheeses.