Gruner Veltliner Ried Hermanschachern – 2021

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

Viticulture in Poysdorf began about 800 years ago on the steep slopes of Ried Hermanschachern.

  • Exposure: South
  • Soils: warm Loess with very extremely high limestone fossil content
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested at mainly Spätlese level ripeness
  • Macerated 12 hours on skins
  • Gently pressed
  • Fermented using only indigenous yeasts in temrpature controlled stainless steel tanks
  • Aged 6 months on fine lees
  • Wine filtered and further aged in stainless steel tanks until May bottling
Winemaker's Notes

Sophisticated nuances of spices, ripe apples and tropical fruit on the nose. A powerful texture on the palate with mineral salts, luscious apple fruit and structure. The wine is commanding, full bodied yet soft and luxurious.  Elegant, mouthwatering acidity and fruit notes create dynamic tension on the lingering finish.

Wine Summary

100% Gruner Veltliner; alcohol: 13%; steep, South-facing Hermanschachern vineyard, the origin of viticulture in Poysdorf; warm loess soils with high limestone content; macerated 12 hours on skins; fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks using only indigenous yeast; aged on fine lees for 6 months; filtered and further aged in stainless steel until bottling in May.

Technical Information
  • 100% Gruner Veltliner
  • Alcohol: 12.7%
  • Total Acidity: 6.2 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 3.8 g/l


93 Points

Give this a bit of time to open up and this Burgundy-like version of Grüner Veltliner will reward you. It features a round profile, with nice verve to the notes of peach and apricot (which are accented by wax, hazelnut and vanilla spice). It is complex and long, with a seductive aftertaste. Drink now through 2031.

Wine Enthusiast, July, 2023

90 Points

From 40+-year-old vines on shale limestone soils in a south-facing vineyard and vinified in stainless steel, the 2021 Ried Hermannschachern Grüner Veltliner opens with an intense and refreshing mineral and limestone-driven bouquet of white fruits and sur lie notes. Aged on the lees until April and bottled in late spring of this year, this is a round, vivacious and elegant Veltliner with playful acidity and fine phenolic grip on the stimulating and saline finish. This is a supple Veltliner with an aromatic, juicy and finely tannic finish. 12.5% stated alcohol. Screw cap. 2022 – 2036

© Wine Advocate, December, 2022

Tingly and zingy, this fragrant Gruner has notes of white pepper, nectarine, and grapefruit peel. Winemaker Manfred Ebner-Ebenauer’s family has been growing vines for 14 generations, and the family’s 400-year-old cellar in Poysdorf is still the souce for all of their wines.

Food and Wine Magazine, March, 2024

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