History of Schlumberger
Discover the history of a grand company, from the very beginning in 1842 to the newest product relaunches.
Robert Alwin Schlumberger
The founding father, Robert Alwin Schlumberger, was born in 1814, in Stuttgart. Following the untimely death of his father, Robert was forced to forfeit his studies and become a merchant. His journey led him to the oldest Champagne house in France, named Ruinart Pere et Fils, where he started is apprenticeship. His exceptional talent and his savy wine affinity soon prompted him to the position of chef de cave.
Love on first sight
One summer day in 1841 R.A. Schlumberger met his wife to be Sophie Kirchner, from Vienna, on a ship cruise of the Rhine. Since her parents were opposed to letting their daughter move to Champagne, R.A. Schlumberger saw himself forced to move to Austria. However, he still wanted to continue producing sparkling wine. Hence, he visited different wine regions throughout Austria and found the perfect place to establish his own winery in Bad Vöslau.
Finally in 1842 the company Schlumberger Wein- und Sektkellerei was founded in Goldeck im Maital in Bad Vöslau. Ever since, Schlumberger stands for highest quality sparkling wines, combining the traditional Champagne method together with the innovative characters of its founding father, Robert Alwin Schlumberger. Schlumberger received international fame and recognition in 1862 when the Sparkling Vöslauer was served to her Majesty the Queen of England during the World Exhibition. Shortly after he was also appointed a purveyor to the Austro-Hungarian K.u.K. Imperial Court.
Pioneer in Oenology
In the middle of the nineteenth century, Schlumberger became a pioneering producer of red wines. Robert Alwin Schlumberger was the first to plant and cultivate the French noble grape varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, in Austria. This tradition is still upheld with the two Red Wines “Privatkeller” and “Privatissimo”.
Schlumberger became the drink of choice for the Imperial aristocracy and Austrian elite and Schlumberger himself was awarded with the hereditary peerage, the knights title, “Edler von Goldeck” in 1878
After World War 1 and the treaty of St. Germain only sparkling wines where all ingredients came from the protected Champagne region in France were allowed to carry the name champagne. Henceforth Schlumberger produced sparkling wines using the methode champenoise, which translates to Champagne method.
Four generations and two world wars later, the childless Robert Schlumberger IV sold his shareholding in the family winery to the Underberg Group from Germany.
For a period of 41 years, Schlumberger formed part of the Underberg Group, a family owned business from Germany. In 2014, the Underberg Group sold its majority shareholding in Schlumberger Aktiengesellschaft (AG) to the Swiss holding company Sastre SA to become part of the portfolio owned by industrialist Dr Frederik Paulsen. The new majority shareholder is committed to the Austrian tradition and the deep-rootedness of Schlumberger AG in Austria.
Protected Designation of Origin and the three-tier quality pyramid
With the implementation of the three-tier quality pyramid for Austrian Sekt Schlumberger introduced a whole new product range. All Schlumberger products adhere to the strict quality criteria introduced in 2015 by the Austrian government. Those criteria include the method of production, the origin of the grapes, juice extraction caps, dosage, fermentation on the lees and many more. For more information please visit the official Austrian Wine Website.
Schlumberger presents its first issue of a Grand Reserve. The R. Schlumberger is an homage to the founding father himself and hence carries his name. It is a single-varietal, single-vintage, single-vineyard Chardonnay Cuvée which enjoys a prolonged fermentation on fine lees. The grapes are carefully picked and selected by hand to make sure, that only the best grapes are being processed. Upon sealing the bottles they rest a minimum of 30 months in our cellars which are subsequently hand-riddled on sloping racks. The R. Schlumberger Chardonnay Brut 2015 is limited to a mere 5.000 bottles.
New appearance - product redesign
As part of a comprehensive redesign all Schlumberger specialties are being introduced into the Austrian quality pyramid for sparkling wine: “Classic, Reserve” and “Grand Reserve”. The new design of the bottles is contemporary, shows reduced elegance and underlines the freshness of the products.