Region & Terroir
Röschitz is located in the Western part of the Weinviertel region, in the foothills of the Manhartsberg mountain ridge in Lower Austria – perfect conditions for growing wine. It may even be the best place for growing wine in the entire region.
This is due to something very special about the geology:
The Weinviertel region is mainly home to gravel, sand and loess. However, in Röschitz and its surroundings, hardly any sandy soils can be found – instead, there is arid soil over bedrock, with granite and partly covered with loess.
This is far from ideal for farming, but it proves to be an advantage for growing wine.
The crystalline bedrock in combination with a rather cool climate makes it possible to produce a particularly elegant wine with a delicious minerality. Very unique!
The vineyards are located between 250 and 360 meters above sea level. And even at the height of summer, the nights are rather cool. These changes in temperature create fruity and complex tastes – the acid typical for this region is also preserved in high gradation.
What’s more: There is hardly any rain (490 mm of precipitation per year).
The dry climate and the bedrock force the roots of the grapes to grow down deep into the soil. This leads to particularly delicate wines. You can literally taste the minerals!
Most of the vineyards the Grubers cultivate around Röschitz are there own, but they also work together with other winegrowers. Some vignettes are rather small, but the wine estate comprises a total of 150 different vineyards. This makes the harvest a true logistical challenge!
The small but crucial differences between the various vineyards, soils and micro-climates, however, ensure that the Grubers can offer unique and highly diverse wines ranging from fruity and elegant to more full-bodied ones.
Our grape varieties
Grüner Veltliner (just over 50%), Riesling (7%), the rest includes Gelber Muskateller, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Welschriesling.
Zweigelt (25%), Pinot Noir, St. Laurent and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Reipersberg is located on arid soil over bedrock (granite) – this is where the wines get their characteristic minerality. The south-facing vineyard is terraced and is home to our oldest vines, which are up to 60 years old.
In the past, the term “Point” was used to refer to the cream of the crop: Plots of land with perfect fertility.
The entire Hundspoint vineyard faces south and its thick loess soil retains the heat. This guarantees perfect ripeness of the grapes.
Königsberg is 353 meters high and located east of the village centre of Röschitz. The soil is mainly bedrock. Due to the rock weathering of granite combined with the different calcium deposits, the mineral components of the wines are highlighted.
The literal translation of this location would be “behind wood”. Wood is a popular word for forest – and as the name suggests, there is a little wood just behind the vineyard. This combination creates a very special microclimate: The temperatures during the day and at night vary more significantly and therefore strongly affect the fruits. Hinterholz is also located on soil over bedrock.
Literally translates as “Gallows Hill”. Until the 19th century, it really was used as a place of execution. Nowadays, Galgenberg thankfully serves as location for more pleasurable events.
Its clayey loess soil is ideal for growing red wines, such as St. Laurent and Pinot Noir. The vines have reached the ripe old age of 15 years.
In the late Middle Ages, the original term behind this word was used to describe a hidden place. This meaning is still appropriate for Lauschen as it is located in a basin with its own, well-protected microclimate. The fertile loess soil is perfect for growing Zweigelt.
The hill is located not far from the former mill in Röschitz. This vineyard is strongly sloped to the south and hosts a great number of old vines. The soil is once again bedrock – typical for Röschitz.
By the way: The very busy Gruber family also cultivates another two traditional wine estates in the Weinviertel region:
Stift Altenburg and Schloss Maissau
Weingut Schloss Maissau
Weingut Stift Altenburg