What a gorgeous discovery this was. Franz-Josef Gansberger – Goose to his friends – told us about his girlfriend’s wines when he was out here representing Weingut Stadt Krems for Riesling Downunder. We were drawn in by images of these divine vineyards of the Weinviertel – Austria’s largest and most diverse wine-growing area – and the story of a woman whose heart led her back from a high-flying marketing career to her grandmother’s vineyards. All deft touch and instinct, Ingrid’s philosophy in grounded on this love of these mature family vineyards. She picks by hand in several passes through the vineyards and ferments the juice using mainly ambient yeast. Oak is only a minor feature, but she makes the most of the fermentation lees to give texture and depth to her wines.
Bright, pretty and full of life, the wines of Ingrid Groiss are as at home in our portfolio as she is in Breitenwaida.
About Ingrid Groiss
Ingrid Groiss is back where she belongs, in the small village of Breitenwaida, where her young self gambolled among the vines while her family made wine for their own Heuriger (tavern). The exciting steps towards quality in the Weinviertel helped persuade her to make a life of her love. She enrolled in Viticulture, Oenology and Wine Marketing at the University of Vienna and during those studies gained experience with producers such as Domäne Wachau, Birgit Braunstein and Birgit Eichinger.
At home, she had to play second fiddle to her chief winemaker dad until in 2010 she went head-to-head with her in a blind taste-off of their own wines, with the victor being handed the winemaker’s reins. Needless to say Ingrid came out on top, and her parents are delighted to see her flourish.