Schloss Salenegg Schloss Salenegg is the oldest winery in Europe. The elongated silhouette of its beautiful building basks in the sun, not far from the town of Maienfeld, since 950 AD. C. The generously sculpted forms of the mountain landscape that overlooks it know its entire long history.
Over the centuries, many have admired and known it, and Rainer Maria Rilke even wrote a poem about it, moved by the Saalweide, the heraldic tree of the von Salis family.
The contemporary visitor to the Schloss Salenegg is struck by its endless vineyards welcomed by the sunny valley, and is surprised to know a company as old as it is modern.
The intuition of Helene von Gugelberg, "mother" of Schloss Salenegg, was in fact to treat vinegar, grape juice and brandy exactly as wine is treated She grew up in the Schloss Salenegg vineyard, but being an innovative and courageous person, she was soon certain that faith in the vine, the care dedicated to it, certainly did not end with the wine - indeed, wine was only the beginning.
For an excellent wine, the grapes must be cared for throughout the year and harvested at the ideal moment of ripeness. The berries must be pressed with care and delicacy. This is how the Schloss Salenegg vinegars are created, then stored for at least two years in oak barrels. These barrels are of the same high quality as those for wine - only in this way can the true blessing of grapes develop harmoniously even in the vinegar.