The Türk family roots go back to the beginning of the 18th century; in 1836 Türk forefathers acquired today´s winery location. Generation upon generation, it has since been expanded. The winery is located in the Krems valley (Kremstal) a wine region in lower Austria.
In 1995, Weingut Türk acquired the winery from his parents and has since carried on their traditions. To this day, he and his parents work together in the winery. Weingut Türk and his wife hope that one of their four children will continue this tradition(Alexander 11, Caroline 9, Manuel 7, Magdalena 2). Currently, the children like to help with routine production such as harvesting, filling bottles, and driving the forklift.
In 2000 Weingut Türk took over a traditional winery in Krems with one of the best vineyards. At that time he tasted the winery’s old vintages of Grüner Veltliner back to the year 1946, and was really surprised! The vintages of 1947,1949, and 1959 were outstanding. They had a beautiful nose, good length, and were really fresh. It was incredible how old they were! The winemaker at that time produced these fantastic wines showed great vinification. This interested Türk and prompted him to research their winemaking process and that´s the way they do it now. Of course that´s their secret! The end result of tradition and handcrafted art are wines unique and full of life.
Grüner Veltliner Kremser Sandgrube is a single vineyard wine.The Kremser Sandgrube was first mentioned in 1209. The soil is the typical soil from the Krems valley, loess soil. Over 300,000 years ago this soil was brought to this area by the wind. The deposits are sometimes more then 25m thick and it´s a little bit yellow. This lighter soil gives the Grüner Veltliner the typical spicy peppery note. The Grüner Veltliner from the loess soil are a little bit more rounder and harmonic. Once Weingut Türk and his children return home after a day in the vineyards their shoes shine a little bit yellow from this soil. The grapes for this wine are selected by hand and harvested a little bit later than normal so they have full ripeness healthy grapes. Aside from Kremser Sandgrube there is also a bigger area called Kremser Sandgrube. Our wine is from the original small Kremser Sandgrube area (only 2.5 acres) one of the best single vineyard area from the Krems valley!
The climate of the Krems Valley: The land in and around Krems is a favorable climatic area where two climate zones meet. The Pannonian climate from the East ensures hot, dry days while the fresher, oxygen-rich air from the Waldviertel in the North is responsible for the cool nights. These temperature fluctuations enhance the development of the wines aroma. During the day, the stone walls in the terraced vineyards are warmed by the sun. At night, the walls release this heat, which is then absorbed by the vines. Primary rock terraces and conglomerate soils create ideal conditions for fruity, elegant wines. The massif of the Bohemian Plateau with a loess layer up to 25 m thick is one of the oldest geological formations in Central Europe and provides perfect conditions for winegrowing.
Türk Kremser Sandgrube is a bit sweeter than typical Grüner Veltliner due to its later harvest. It goes well with Asian and spicy cuisine, mushroom dishes, cream or Camembert style cheeses, and meals with horseradish or other rich sauces.