Gruner Veltliner Alte Reben Reserve – 2019

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

Single vineyard Steinberg/von den Leussen near Poysdorf. “Von den Luessen” comes from Middle High German in the Middle Ages.

  • Soils: Loess and gravels (sediments of the primordial Danube)
  • Vine age: over 60 years old
  • Warm soils and low yields
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested in October in state of high Auslese ripeness
  • Strict triage in vineyard, harvested into 20 kg bins
  • After brief settling, spontaneous fermentation in used oak casks without temperature control
  • Bottled in May
Winemaker's Notes

A profound and seemingly ‘dark’ aroma of yellow fruits; ripe apples, melons, a bit of grapefruit and fresh herbs. Authoritative on the palate and full-bodied, with a prominent core of sweet fruit. Luxuriant with a delicate hint of tobacco. Rounded but very fresh from the acid interplay.

An all-arounder at the table! Pair with braised and baked dishes, light meat, fowl and hard cheeses.

Wine Summary

100% Gruner Veltliner; alcohol: 12.7%; single Steinberg/von den Luessen vineyard; vines more than 60 years old; gravel and loess soils from the primordial Danube; hand harvested and sorted in October at Auslese ripeness; brief skin contact; spontaneous fermentation in used oak casks without temperature control; bottled in May.

Technical Information
  • 100% Gruner Veltliner grapes
  • Alcohol: 12.7%
  • Total Acidity: 5.4 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 2.3 g/l


94 Points

A roasted hazelnut tone is aligned to wet stone on the subtle nose. On the palate, this freshness is combined with tingling acidity and is wrapped in a deceptively easy creaminess that reveals flavors of miso, arugula, and lemon zest.

Wine Enthusiast, March, 2021

16++ Points

Vines 60+ years old on stony ancient Danubian sediment in the Steinberg vineyard (Ried). Steinberg, appropriately, means ‘stone mountain’. Rather light nose for now. Smells faintly like icing sugar. Good register of acidity but still very youthful and the ripe fruit and acidity are not yet married. There’s just a light bitterness on the finish. Muted at the moment. 2022 – 2029

JancisRobinson.com, January, 2021

90 Points

From 50+-year-old vines on loess and gravel soils, the 2019 Grüner Veltliner Alte Reben is clear, bright, fresh and spicy on the nose, with lime and lemon zest and some herbal notes as well as white fruit aromas. Juicy, round and very elegant on the textured palate, this is a charming dry Veltliner with a finely salty finish.  2021 – 2029

© Wine Advocate, April, 2021

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