Christoph Hammel runs the family winery, which was founded in 1723, together with his brother Martin, who takes care of the finances. His son Markus is already in the starting blocks. Currently he is still studying at the Weincampus Neustadt, but has only one year of studies ahead of him. Of course he wants to look around in the wine world a bit after that - maybe he'll go to Austria or New Zealand - but then he'll join the winery. So the succession is secured.
There was almost an interruption in the 80s: "You're going to Klosterneuburg! Period!", his father decided for the then 17-year-old because he met the headmaster of the educational establishment in Bordeaux, not far from Vienna. A war veteran like himself, with similar experiences and convictions, who impressed him. Christoph Hammel was therefore sent to Vienna at the age of 17 to study viticulture in Klosterneuburg. "I was unhappy up to the point of death," he reports and seeks advice from the headmaster of his former school. He knew of his protégé's enthusiasm for theatre and paid a visit to the Hammels without further ado. "Your son must not become a grape picker", he tried to convince his father, but the thunderstorm after the interfering visit was great and Christoph Hammel had to return to Klosterneuburg. Of course he is happy about this consequence today - and so are we. Because otherwise the wine scene would have to do without one of its most lively protagonists.