Family power on the primary rock island of the Weinviertel.
The Gruber family has cultivated agriculture in Röschitz since 1814. Today three siblings divide the tasks up between themselves: Ewald Jun. is the oenologist and responsible for the cellar. Christian oversees the vineyards and Maria keeps up contacts for PR and customer liaison. The division of the tasks to several persons provides customers with more reliability and the certainty of having a contact person in any situation. Also, the joint discussions and exchange of ideas give a chance for permanent development.
The Ewald Gruber winery today cultivates 80 hectares of vineyards around Röschitz, as well as cooperating with other grape producers. “This way we can cover our demand for quality grapes entirely and maintain full control of all production steps. More vineyard area gives better possibilities for selection and distinction of the different wines.” says Ewald jun.
Röschitz, situated on the eastern foothills of the Manhartsberg mountain range, provides very good conditions for wine-growing – probably the best in the whole Weinviertel district. This is because of the unique and exceptional soils in Röschitz: primary rock with granite and partly shallow loess topsoil. The crystalline rock together with the rather cool climate allows for a special fruity – elegant style of wines. The vineyards lie between 250 – 320 metres above sea level. While the days are rather warm, the nights are always cool. The average annual rainfall is rather low at 490mm. Ewald Gruber jun: “Basically Röschitz is known for straightforward, elegant wines but it is also possible to have healthy grapes rich in extract – the acidity is balanced, even for very ripe grapes. The dryness and the rocky soil force the roots to penetrate deep into the soil, which also is an advantage. So nature gives us the style of wine.”
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