A brief history
The gothic castle is situated on a gentle hillside in the heart of a estate of outstanding natural beauty.
It is not by chance that our ancestors chose this place: the high quality soils and the favourable position provide the prerequisites for a high-quality viticulture and a wonderful estate.
The gently exposed areas to the east and to the south at the foot of the mountains lie between 450 and 550m above sea level.
The hillside location permits strong temperature fluctuations between day and night; this, together with the soil structure of lime gravel and porphyry weathering soil provide the perfect conditions for high-quality viticulture.
The 13 hectare estate is located directly around the castle with 10 hectares of vineyards. Wine has been cultivated here by the counts Khuen-Belasi since 1640.
Today, the company is run by Johannes and Maria Khuen-Belasi and their family.
Until 1930, the estate had its own winery, then it acted as a supplier of a significant local cooperative. In the year 2012 was the decision to reinstate the winery and in 2014 the first vintage of the new Englar wine was bottled.
Englar wines are made exclusively with grapes from these very vineyards and are processed and bottled directly on the estate.
Our goal is excellent wines; and these require the balanced growth of grapevines in a healthy environment, with the right grape varieties matched the soil texture and microclimate and the right choice of trellising. We attach great importance to natural methods of grape cultivation and employ careful methods to achieve the distinctive character of each type of wine we produce. We have consciously worked to reduce the yield per hectare of grapes in order to ensure the harvest of high-quality grapes.
The new cellar - a project that becomes reality
Our family’s dream of building a new cellar began many years ago. We wanted a place which could welcome perfectly the result of one year of work in the fields, in the vineyards, in vines. In 2017 we started building the new cellar and where able to finish it in 2018.
One of the objectives of the new building was exactly the quality improvement of the production chain, which has a fundamental role in making high quality wines.
The new winery is now situated in the middle of the vineyard. Like this, the grapes reach the winery just minutes after being harvested.
The technical equipment is state-of-the-art and has a current capacity of 100,000 bottles a year.
For ageing, the young wines pass to the Barrique cellar. It is situated lower on the hill in the underground to keeps optimal temperatures.
Here our wines mature between 8 and 15 months.