Gruner Veltliner – 2018

Region: Austria - Weinviertel


Deep in a four hundred year old cellar, a quiet, studious man weighs careful decisions to create exquisite wines from each of the special parcels in the Weinviertel. He asks his accomplished, exuberant wife to join him in crafting the perfect blends that reflect their passionate partnership.

Once upon a time…this is how fairy tales usually begin. But sometimes real life is a fairy tale, and that is the case for Marion and Manfred Ebner-Ebenauer. While the Ebner-Ebenauer label was born in 2007, when the two winemakers decided to share their lives, the history of winemaking in Manfred’s family stretches back fourteen generations. Today Ebner-Ebenauer is a mixture of old and new. The 400 year old cellar and modern style of the careful winery renovation. Traditional winemaking, gravity fed, gentle pressing. Using new methods when appropriate. “Respect the traditions but change if not useful.”

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Freiberg and Ebenthal vineyards
  • Soils: warm loess
Harvest Notes
  • Harvested in September
  • 5 hours of skin contact
  • Fermentation with cultured yeasts
  • Aged 3 months on the fine lees
  • Wine is filtered and rests in stainless steel tanks until bottling in February
Winemaker's Notes

Pure Weinviertel Veltliner: delicate spices combined with the cool olfactory impression of pears. Juicy apple fruit on the palate, white pepper, finely spicy mineral notes and a crisp interplay of fruit with acidity.

Wine Summary

100% Gruner Veltliner; Freiburg and Ebenthal vineyards;  stony, gravelly warm loess soils; 11.5% alcohol; 5 hours skin contact; wine on fine lees for 3 months; wine racked until bottling in February.

Technical Information
  • 100% Gruner Veltliner grapes
  • Alcohol: 11.5%
  • RS: 1.1 g/L
  • TA: 5.7 g/L


91 Points

A hint of earthy yeast appears first before rounder notions of ripe pear take over. A little spritz assists with freshness and verve, but the light palate reprises this earthy, yeasty tone with some resonant, citrusy pith.

Wine Enthusiast, March, 2020

90 Points

Ripe white fruit aromas on the spicy and refreshing nose characterize the Backhendl and Schnitzel wine from Ebner-Ebenauer. The 2018 Grüner Veltliner is lithe but lush and round, just perfect to quaff in large amounts without regrets. Nice green pepper pod and stimulating salinity on the finish and just 12% alcohol. Tasted in January 2020. Drink 2020 – 2026

© Wine Advocate, March, 2020

General Info

Country Austria
Region Niederösterreich
Appellation(s) Weinviertel
Proprietors Marion & Manfred Ebner-Ebenauer
Founded 2007
Winemaker Manfred Ebner-Ebenauer
Annual Production
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Organic/biodynamic