Wine Estate Facts
Owner: Herbert Groiss Jr. and family
Estate Size: 14 hectares/34.5 acres
Production; 5,500 cases
Grapes: WHITE: Grüner Veltliner, Weißburgunder, Chardonnay and Riesling.
RED: Blauer Portugieser, Zweigelt, and Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyards: Steinberg, Sätzen
The winery GROISS is located in Lower Austria on the eastern border of the Wagram in the wine-growing area Wagram. On sandy and partially very thick loess soil the varieties typically for the region are cultivated.
Our 14 hectares of vineyards are strictly cultivated according to the guidelines of the Integrated Production. The natural cultivation is looking to be in consistence with the nature to harvest grapes of highest quality.
The family business is managed by Herbert GROISS Jun., Karin and his parents Herbert and Luise GROISS. He is second generation vintner of a vibrant and aspiring winery. Herbert GROISS Jun., graduate of HBLVA Klosterneuburg, is responsible for the vinification of the wines. His passion is the classic Grüner Veltliner - classic dry, fruity and spicy.
The Wagram is a terrain elevation originated by sand drifting alongside the Danube River thousands of years ago. With its seceding loess terraces facing south, it offers ideal conditions to the vines. The warm Pannonic climate streams into the Danube area and provides for the ideal ripeness of grapes. At the same time, the nights at the Wagram are cool enough to enable the formation of a delicate fruit aroma, and maintain the typical, racy acidity of the white wines. Grüner Veltliner loves this pure loess soils. Weissburgunder and Pinot Gris favour the soils rich in lime, whereas Riesling grows best on sandy, meagre soils.
The white wines range from fruity, dry and light Grüner Veltliner to forceful and dry varieties like Weißburgunder, Chardonnay and Riesling.
Our red wines range from light, drink-animating Blauer Portugieser, the fruity, full-bodied Zweigelt to the forceful, dense and full-bodied Zweigelt and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Steinberg vineyard site is one of the best sites in our region - orientated to southwest. It is situated on one of the highest areas used for wine growing on the Wagram ( 330 m). In the north, immediately next to the site there is a forest, which on the one hand protects the site against the strong winds blowing from the north-west, and which on the other hand brings about a special micro-climate: In spite of the southern exposure a cool wind blows from the forest even during hot summers, which, compared to other sites, results in stronger temperature variations between day and night. As a consequence, the aroma of the grapes intensifies, the wines become more structured and multi-layered.
This deep loess soil with a certain percentage of clay is perfectly suited for our Grüner Veltliner, Zweigelt and Cabernet Sauvignon vines.
A southern vineyard site in front of the site Steinberg. The soil consists of deep sandy loess with higher amounts of lime. So the soil is easier warmed up and the grapes can ripe earlier. This site is well suited for vines ranging from especially Grüner Veltliner, Weissburgunder to Riesling.