Born in Stuttgart, Robert Aldwin Schlumberger (1814-1879) was the founder of the famous Austrian winery. He learned the art of making champagne at the oldest champagne house Ruinart Père et Fils in Reims. He met his future wife Sophie Kirchner during a trip to the Rhine, gave up his secure position in Reims and moved to Vienna in 1842. In a cellar in the Viennese district of Josefstadt he made his first attempts with Lower Austrian wines. In 1843 he acquired his first vineyards like the Goldeck vineyard in Bad Vöslau in the Thermenregion, which still exists today. There he was the first to plant the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot for red wines in barriques in the heartland of Austria.
Subsequently, Robert Aldwin Schlumberger began to produce sparkling wine with bottle fermentation according to the Méthode champenoise, which at that time could be called the champagne of today's protected origin even outside France. As he had learned it in France, he pressed it white from the red variety Blauer Portugieser (Blanc de noirs). Schlumberger's "Vöslauer white sparkling wine" was first presented on 17 June 1846. It was a phenomenal success and from 1850 onwards it was exported to all European countries, including Turkey, India, Australia and North America. Schlumberger products were also carried along on the circumnavigation of the world by the Austrian ship "Novara" from 1857 to 1859.
At the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, there was no top hotel or luxury passenger ship in the world that did not carry Schlumberger champagne and wine. The products were considered to be equal to the great French ones. The name "Vöslauer Goldeck" is the oldest protected wine brand in Austria. In 1878 Schlumberger received the title Noble of Goldeck for his merits. His heirs continued to run the winery. The turmoil of the Second World War was survived reasonably well. In 1973 the traditional company became part of the Underberg family business and a public limited company with headquarters in Bad Vöslau and in Vienna Heiligenstadt. In October 2009, the sparkling wine competitor Kattus took over 100% of the shares of Hochriegl Wein- und Sektkellerei GmbH, including the production machinery and all brands. In mid-2014, Underberg sold the share package to the entrepreneur Frederik Paulsen.
A wide range of sparkling wines is produced according to the champagne method. This is done under the traditional name "Schlumberger" in white and rosé (Welschriesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir) and under "Goldeck" as a pure Grüner Veltliner sparkling wine. The basic wines for the sparkling wine production from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Welschriesling, Pinot Blanc and Veltliner are purchased from about 400 Austrian partner winegrowers, grapes are also bought in. Through the so-called cellar point at the bottom of the bottle Schlumberger guarantees the traditional production with a manual remuage (shaking by hand).
The red wine "Schlumberger Privatkeller" (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon) from the vineyard in Bad Vöslau is available exclusively for the gastronomy. The red wine "Privatkeller" (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc) is made exclusively for the gastronomy from the grapes of our own vineyard in Bad Vöslau with about ten hectares of vineyards. This winery is a member of the winegrowers' association Tu Felix Austria. The base wines for the brand "Hochriegl" come from the Weinviertel, mainly around Poysdorf as well as from Burgenland (district of Andau). The annual production of the house is about 5.5 million bottles of sparkling wine.