In Styria, Chardonnay is referred to as Morillon. The varieties are identical although Morillon has its own characteristics.
From Oceania to France, and on to the Napa Valley: Chardonnay is a widely grown varietal internationally. Only legend knows why it is referred to as Morillon in Styria. Perhaps the first vines were brought here from the French village of the same name? There is surely more than just one good story to tell.
To bring its qualities afore, Morillon needs calcareous soils as well as much patience and care in the cellar. We give it plenty of time to help it unfold its full potential and to reflect its origin in the wine.
Our village wine “Ratscher Morillon” shows the addition “Startin” on the label in reference to the special oak cask in which it matures. Startin is a nearly forgotten cask format that contains 600 litres, a tradition that we would like to uphold.