Winemaker Anton Baron Longo.
With the centuries of experience gained by his family, his passion and his courage to try the new, Anton Baron Longo has employed tried-and-tested methods to create a modern, incomparable wine. A personal interview with the man behind the product.
The winegrowing tradition of the Baron Longo family in Neumarkt goes back centuries now. How come you yourself took up this long family tradition of wine culture?
The reasons are the great enjoyment it gives me and the fellow-feeling I have for nature, for winegrowing and my family. My aim is to generate a cycle that will be complete in all respects, from our own soil and vines right through to the bottle: always with great emotion and commitment, the interplay of man and soil. My family has always sought perfection in the cultivation of wine and has followed its aim of creating something unique while pursuing new paths. I would like to build on this tradition and continue along these paths. I personally regard this as a great gift.
Continuing tradition and pursuing new paths. How do you propose to do this?
Taking new paths for me primarily means upholding our family traditions and putting them into practice. Giving the wine all the time it needs is one of the guiding principles of my family’s winegrowing tradition. It also means careful handling of the vines and a sensitive observation of nature and weather conditions in the vineyard. Time is something that is ever more lacking in our fast-moving age. Here, in the vineyards around the Villner Schlössl, time however often seems to stand still. And it is exactly these moments that I so much appreciate: moments when one can consciously experience life.
"in the vineyards around the Villner Schlössl, time however often seems to stand still. And it is exactly these moments that I so much appreciate“
What do you do when you are not working in the vineyard?
I seek inspiration and I love travelling – it is always of benefit to see new countries and cultures with their different customs and attitudes. I love nature and I am happiest of all cycling through the hills around our winegrowing estate. The most important thing for me is my family and the feeling of being secure in my homeland. I like cooking, and I love good food and good wine – such as my Liebenstein.
And what do you think of wine-drinking?
Drinking wine is for me a form of relaxation. Whether alone with a glass of good wine, or celebrating a special occasion – as long as you enjoy it, the wine has done its job.