A Picture-Perfect Family
At the age of 16, Ewald Gruber senior then decided to turn the farm into a model winery. He wanted to become one of the leading winegrowers – passionate and using the latest technology available. Despite the fact that he is retired now, he still looks after the vineyards together with his son Christian. His wife Hermine does the bookkeeping.
The Gruber family has been growing wine in Röschitz since 1814. Until the middle of the last century, the wine was grown almost solely for private consumption.
And this passion is contagious. Three of his six children took over the winery in 2012.
Their ambition has been crowned with constant success: Gruber wines have received countless awards in Austria and Europe. Customers from the Weinviertel region, Lower Austria as well as the USA buy the Austrian produce.
The oenologist first went to Australia and New Zealand before returning to Röschitz and taking over responsibility for vinification in 2001. Cleanliness has top priority in the cellar; the grapes are handled with the utmost care. Ewald Gruber focuses on the individuality of every single grape – particularly with the many different vineyards. The wines are looked after perfectly: Ewald has a lot of experience, gut feeling, doesn’t use any fining, and moves it as little as possible. The wine gets all the time it needs. This makes it possible to gain the best possible results for every single vineyard.
The saleswoman: After gaining experience in marketing and PR, Maria now looks after the customers of Gruber Röschitz – private customers wishing to buy direct from the winery, as well as national and international purchasers. She also takes loving care of the product design and advertising.
Meet Maria at the next wine fair or visit her at home – she is always ready to open one or two bottles for you… excellent and professional advice included. What about a tasting?
The youngest of the Gruber brothers is busy in the vineyards all year round. After all, there are 150 different vignettes! Natural cultivation is important to Christian Gruber, so he uses the most traditional methods he can.
The only fertilizer used is compost. Various types of clover grown in the vineyards ensure a natural supply of nitrogen. Impeccable care of the foliage is essential for him as well as the careful grape harvest in summer – always according to Christian’s motto “quality, not quantity”.
And then there are the Wine Spirits...
... the mascots of the Grubers. Are they micro-organisms for natural pest control? Do they break down minerals and stimulate taste buds? Are they the yeast which induces fermentation and makes the wine so unmistakeably unique? Are they the little children of Bacchus and the fauns ensuring joy and pleasure?
To be honest – we don’t really know either – all we know is that we love them…