Emmerich Knoll is a quiet and discrete man whose wines reflect his reserved character. Giles MacDonough describes Emmerich as “scatty”, and it is true that he looks a bit like a distracted don, but he is a deeply serious and traditional winemaker with spotless cellars filled with oak vats and some small inox tanks.
Austere when the wines are young, they steadily develop their expression with years of bottle age. Knoll is a traditionalist. His wines age in classic large wooden barrels and are bottled late so that they may slowly and gently find their harmony.
You can recognise these fine wines by their bright, colorful labels depicting St. Urban, the protector of wine growers.
Today, the Knoll winery has twelve hectares of vineyards on some of the best sites in the region. Nearly 85 % of the land is devoted to Grüner Veltliner and Riesling respectively, the rest is planted with Chardonnay, Gelber Traminer and Gelber Muskateller.