Kamptal’s Loisium: Europe’s Best Wine Museum

We’ve visited a lot of wine museums around the world, but the one we discovered this week adjacent to the Steininger winery in Langenlois in the Kamptal is the most creative that we’ve ever seen. Both the Loisium Museum and the nearby hotel were designed by American architect Steven Holl. The museum building is shown here, as well as the hotel bar where we enjoyed some of Karl Steininger’s delicious Pinot Noir sparkling wine.

Taken together, this is a destination resort with spa and world class cuisine. More importantly for wine lovers it is located close to the Langenlois wineries of Willi Bründlmayer and Fred Loimer as well as the Weingut Steininger.

One can walk through Steininger’s vineyard to get from the hotel to the museum. We did that and took the opportunity to taste some of its ripe Grüner Veltliner grapes. Eva Steininger is shown here analyzing the sugar content of the grapes. They’re just about ready to pick. Perhaps they will go into the 2010 Steininger Grüner Veltliner Loisiumweingarten Kamptal DAC Reserve. Klaus Wittauer of KWSelection imports Steininger’s flavorful and reasonably priced wines.

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