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For centuries, the Groiss family has grown grapes in Austria’s largest wine-growing region, Niederösterreich (Lower Austria), and more specifically in the northern subregion of Weinviertel. This area, known for its diverse terroirs and loess soils, produces excellent white wines from indigenous grape varieties, including Grüner Veltliner, Riesling, and Gemischter Satz (a traditional field blend). Weingut Ingrid Groiss operates as a true small family business with Ingrid at the helm, her father helping with tractor work, and her mother assisting in the vineyards. The family oversees 20 hectares (49.4 acres) of organic vineyards, crafting a focused range of wines, including four single vineyard wines grown on 50-year-old vines. Ingrid Groiss studied winemaking at Universität für Bodenkultur and returned home to eventually inherit vineyards from both her mother’s and father’s sides of the family. Upon taking over the family vineyards, Ingrid converted them to organics and narrowed their range to produce only wines that reflected their terroir, grape variety, and vintage.
16 hour skin contact. Gentle pressing without stems. Fermented with natural yeasts and with 30% whole, uninjured (destemmed by hand) berries in a used 500L Austrian oak barrel. 11 months on the full lees.
Because Grüner Veltliner Pankraz Reserve has such a salty expressive structure, it makes for a wonderful partner in roasted and braised dishes. Pankratz is also a perfect match for opulent and spicy food as well as for baked meat.
Producer: Ingrid Groiss