The Gruber family has been making wine since 1814, starting with small quantities purely for their personal consumption, but in the 1950s they began producing on a larger, more serious scale.
Since then, three generations have been involved, and operations are currently run by siblings Ewald, Christian and Maria, who oversee winemaking, vineyards and sales respectively. Their father, also named Ewald, was heavily involved until recent years, and his wife Hermione still keeps the estate’s accounts.
The estate is based in Röschitz, a sub region to the west of the Weinviertel winemaking region in north-east Austria. Röschitz’s dry climate and mixture of granitic and loam soils causes vine roots to dig deeper, giving a more delicate, complex and mineral character to the grapes.
Over half of the Gruber family vineyards are planted with grüner veltliner, at between 250 and 320 metres above sea level.
Ewald oversees the winery, placing the emphasis on careful handling of the grapes to bring out the individual character of each variety, and drawing on his experience at wineries in New Zealand and Australia.
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