Our winery is located in the quaint-town of Moenchhof,
Austria’s oldest wine growing community (since 1217) east of Lake
Neusiedl in sunny Burgenland. Burgenland is today’s 9th province of
Austria but until 1921 it was still a part of Hungary. Characterised by
its unique “pannonian” lowlands and Europe’s largest step-lake
(grassland lake) it is famous for its microclimate and the world-famous
wines! With 300 sunny days per year the region was discovered to be
perfect for winegrowing, even 3000 years ago. Started by the Celts and
extended by the Romans, the monks of Heiligenkreuz perfected the
winegrowing in this area and as such founded the wine growing community
of Moenchhof as the first in Austria making its living just out of wine.
The Hafner family was one of the first within this community and as
such, part of the oldest wine producers. Moreover it should be
mentioned, that world famous “Ausbruch” wine was first mentioned in 1617
in Moenchhof. Ausbruch is a noble sweet wine category between BA and
TBA whose origins are being claimed by the winegrowing village of Rust.
Rust may be famous for this type of wine now, but it was originally
created in Moenchhof.
We have traced
our family tree back to the 16th century, which proves our tradition in
winemaking. The family owned Hafner winery was set up in the early 19th
But by all this tradition
the breakthrough for our family estate was started in the early 70’s.
In 1971 Julius Hafner II produced the first Austrian Ice wine on a
larger scale and created a portfolio of different BA and TBA wines of
the highest quality standard with a long shelf-life. E.g. our 1973 BA
and TBA wines received the highest awards in the 1999 Vinum sweet wine
cup, as 25-year-old wines!
innovation was the production of kosher wine in 1980. Since 1995 all
our vineyards are cultivated to the rules of “controlled and integrated
Viniculture/Production” (KIP). The target of this state controlled and
supported viniculture is the maintenance of health for environment,
plants and human beings by using no pesticides and growing the vines
“near to nature” by maintaining the ground balance reserves and using
the natural and positive insects in the soil. All out products are
subject to the KIP rules and in terms of kosher wines become even
stricter by not adding anything to the wine. In keeping with the
strictest “wine law” in the world which is the Austrian, the House of
Hafner line also has no critical substances added to the wine and in
terms of Kosher, even the common use of galantine for clearing the wine
is strictly prohibited.