Harkamp thru history



The history of the winery is almost 100 years old and spans three generations.  It began in 1926, when Anna and Franz Harkamp acquired a property with a restaurant and a 1 hectare vineyard on Flamberg in Sausal in the south of Styria.  The Winery and the restaurant were always one entity complimenting the other.


In 1959, Hans Harkamp built the first 8 hotel rooms and in 1965 he continued to expand.  Today the “Weingartenhotel”, designed by son Heinz Harkamp, has over 25 rooms and is a beloved vacation destination


In 1990,  Hannes Harkamp, one of the sons of Hans and Elizabeth Harkamp,  inherited the Winery with 4 Hektars Vineyard from his father.  Hannes knew that if he wanted to become a Premium Winery he would need to produce something he could work with – the best grapes from the best vineyard.  Gradually he began to acquire some of the most desired soils of the Sausal region:  Oberburgstall, Kogelberg and eventually more property on the beautiful Flamberg.  Today he produces grapes on 20 hectares of his own vineyards.


Since 1994, the Harkamp Wines have been made 10 kilometers away from Flamberg in the Villa Hollerbrand Cellar in Seggauberg 75 in Leibnitz, which was built by immigrant Italians in 1897.  The original cellars of Harkamp Wine in Flamberg had become to small for the increased production.


In 2012 Villa Hollerbrand was completely renovated allowing for the addition of an area to be used solely for Sparkling Wine production.


In 2015, Hannes decided that he wanted to produce the best Wines possible from his vines.  In order to do this it became clear to him that only through the natural process of viticulture is this possible.  This prompted him in 2015 to become certified organic.


The conversion to organic was successful but not enough for Hannes.  Over time it became clear that a Biodynamic approach to viticulture was the right path.  So began his transition to Biodynamic Wine production.



“if its worth doing, than its worth doing well” thought Hannes Harkamp.  He decided to join the Demeter Association which upholds the most rigorous standards for regenerative agriculture worldwide.  In 2019 Hannes received the Demeter Certification finalizing Hannes’ path to natural quality . . .for now.